How often do you need to get a fecal occult blood test?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 12/16/2011.
Do you need to get regular fecal occult blood tests? How do you know whether or not you'll need to get this test?

Doctors Answers (1)

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 12/16/2011

If you receive regular colonoscopic examinations you do not need to get this test. If you have deferred getting colonoscopy and have been receiving flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years for screening instead, then it is important to get this test done every year.