FIT for patients presenting with bowel symptoms

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FIT (faecal immunochemical test) is a non-invasive test that detects hidden blood in a stool sample that could be suggestive of bowel cancer. The test is carried out at home and is the primary test in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

In north central London FIT is also used as part of a new pathway for patients who have lower abdominal symptoms which suggest bowel cancer but who have a negative FIT test. This means they have a very low risk of having bowel cancer but it cannot be ruled out entirely.

This video explains use of FIT and how it fits into the north central London lower gastrointestinal (GI) diagnosis and treatment pathway.

Broadcast date: March 24th, 2021
Publish date: April 29th, 2021
Review date: Apr 29th, 2022