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Faecal immunochemical test not good at finding adenomas

Added: Wednesday 7 March 2012

Research reported in the <cite>New England Journal of Medicine</cite>  has found that a faecal immunochemical test performed poorly in finding adenomas, some of which are precancerous. The research found that a one-time screening with a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) was as effective as a one-time colonoscopy for finding colorectal cancer in an intention-to-screen analysis, but colonoscopy found more cancers among patients actually screened. There was low take-up in both groups, but the FIT group was more likely to participate, which may have led to any advantage over colonoscopy being exaggerated.