Have you heard about FIT? We're not talking about physical activity levels. FIT refers to fecal immunochemical test, which detects blood in stool (poop), an early sign of colorectal cancer and/or pre-cancerous polyps.
In June, Ontario started replacing the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) with the FIT as part of Cancer Care Ontario's screening program for colorectal cancer. While both tests detect hidden blood in the stool, FIT is more accurate and easier to use.
"Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer," says
Dr. David Baron,
"Taking a FIT, when advised by your family doctor or nurse practitioner, is a simple step that can prevent cancer or catch the disease in an early stage, when treatment is most effective."