What is fecal occult blood testing?
Fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) is a test used to detect any blood in the stool, which can be a sign of colon cancer. It is a non-invasive test that is quick, easy and painless.
Why is it important to get an FOBT?
Colon cancer does not usually present any symptoms until its late stages, when treatment is not as effective, so it is important to take early detection exams. An FOBT can detect any abnormalities before you feel them, thereby increasing your chances of a cure and survival.
When should I start getting an FOBT?
It is recommended that men and women start getting an FOBT once they reach the age of 50.
How often should I take an FOBT?
We recommend that you get one once a year. It helps to pick one month (such as the month of your birthday) and schedule all your annual early detection tests during that month, so that it is easy to remember when you need to take them.
How should I prepare for an FOBT?
There may be certain foods or medications that you need to avoid a couple of days before you take the FOBT so that you don’t get a false result, so make sure you ask your doctor when you schedule an appointment.
Such foods and medications may include:
- Red meat
- Certain fruits or vegetables
- Medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen
- Vitamin supplements
How much does a FOBT cost?
A FOBT at the KHCC Early Detection Unit costs JD 4 (JD 3.20 for Cancer Care Program members).
Have a look at our price chart for a complete list of early detection exams offered at our Early Detection Unit.
To schedule an appointment or if you have any further questions about FOBTs or cancer screening, do not hesitate to call us at (+962-6) 53 00 460 ext. 2317.