A stool test has been found to be an effective means in detecting colon cancer according to the latest findings. The test looks for blood in stool and can be conducted on an annual basis. Researchers believe that stool testing is not only effective, but is a safer, more cost-effective mode of testing compared to colonoscopy.

When examining stool, doctors look for microscopic amounts of blood, which are shed from colon tumors. There is a concern that stool testing may become less effective over time compared to screening, as only larger tumors shed blood, and if the tumor is removed it may make stool testing less effective.

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