THURSDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) — Many American doctors don’t make proper use of a colorectal cancer screening method called the fecal occult blood test, a new study claims.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 1,134 primary care physicians and found that 75 percent of them order or perform an in-office fecal occult blood test (FOBT), rather than relying on the more accurate home-based FOBT.

National guidelines recommend that FOBT testing be done with stool samples collected at home. The in-office test — in which a single stool sample is collected by a physician during a digital rectal examination — is not recommended for colorectal cancer screening because it misses 95 percent of cancers or precancerous polyps. Click here to read the full article.

Arm yourself with knowledge. The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada wants to encourage you to be an informed patient before and after a colorectal cancer diagnosis. We’re currently working on expanding our Screening Tests and Up-and-Coming Screening Tests pages in order to reflect the incredible advancements in diagnosing our nation’s second most deadly cancer. As always, the CCAC encourages you to maintain open communication with your primary care physician about all concerns you have- including concerns about the efficacy of screening procedures.