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A fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is performed on samples of stool in order to detect occult blood in otherwise normal–colored stool. There are two types of fecal occult blood tests: chemical and immunologic. FOBT is primarily used to detect colon cancer. The test can also help discover colon polyps, some of which are a precursor of colon cancer.

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  • Occult Fecal Blood Test
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