Q. What are the other alternatives to colonoscopy?
A. The other alternatives to colonoscopy include high-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) and Stool DNA test (FIT-DNA). They are affordable and can be done in the privacy of your home.

High-sensitivity fecal occult blood tests (FOBT): FOBT checks for tiny amounts of blood in the stool that cannot be seen visually. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of FOBT to screen for colorectal cancer: guaiac FOBT (gFOBT) and the fecal immunochemical test (FIT, also known as iFOBT). In these tests, stool samples are collected by the patient using a kit, and the samples are returned to the doctor.

Stool DNA test (FIT-DNA): The DNA test is approved by the FDA. Similar to FIT, it is a multi-target test that detects tiny amounts of blood in the stool. It also detects nine DNA biomarkers in three genes found in colorectal cancer and pre-cancerous advanced adenomas.

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