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What is a stool DNA test?

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This test looks for gene changes in colon cancer cells or polyps. You collect a sample of your poop at home and then send it to a lab for DNA tests.

If a stool DNA test is the method you use to check for colon cancer, you should get it done every 3 years. If the results show anything amiss, you'll need a colonoscopy to check for and remove polyps.

From: How to Find Colon Polyps Early WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "American Cancer Society recommendations for colorectal cancer early detection," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy," "Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer," "Colorectal cancer screening tests."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Colon Polyps."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

CDC: "Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests."

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada: "Introduction to Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Colonoscopy."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Final Recommendation Statement. Colorectal Cancer: Screening."

Mayo Clinic: "Fecal occult blood test."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "American Cancer Society recommendations for colorectal cancer early detection," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy," "Stool DNA Testing for Colon Cancer," "Colorectal cancer screening tests."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Colon Polyps."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

CDC: "Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests."

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada: "Introduction to Fecal Occult Blood Tests."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Colonoscopy."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Final Recommendation Statement. Colorectal Cancer: Screening."

Mayo Clinic: "Fecal occult blood test."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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