The Benefits and Drawbacks of Home Test Kits
What is the Draw?
Fecal Occult Blood Testing
Test Kit Guidelines
- Always check the expiration date prior to using the test kit.
- Follow manufacturer's instructions for storage.
- Read test instructions thoroughly before using the kit.
- Contact your physician if a positive result is obtained.
- When collecting a blood sample, sit down to avoid dizziness.
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United States Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
The College of Canadian Family Physicians http://www.cfpc.ca
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- Review Date: 01/2013 -
- Update Date: 04/08/2014 -
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