A 19-year-old male asked:
Results of fecal occult blood test came back positive on 1 of 3 test strips doctor has referred me to get colonoscopy and egd. am worried about cancer?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Pathology 49 years experience
Very unlikely: You have bleeding in your intestine and a colonoscopy is a reasonable investigation to identify the source of bleeding. However, the risk of colon cancer at your age is very unlikely.
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Internal Medicine 25 years experience
FOBT.: While cancer is of course on the list of possibilities, a positive fecal occult blood test in no way diagnoses someone with cancer. There are many other benign possibilities. But investigations are necessary as treatment may be necessary for even a benign finding.
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Last updated Mar 12, 2020
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