FIT Colon Cancer Screening Test
FIT Colon Cancer Screening Test

Preventative colon cancer screening from home

This non-invasive at-home colon cancer screening test is an easy way to screen for the presence of blood in your stool and help detect colon cancer early so it may be treated. You are only eligible for testing if you are 50 years or older.
The Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) measures the presence of blood in your stool
Collection Method
Stool sample
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What's Measured
How it Works
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1 Complete a simple stool sample collection and return with prepaid shipping.
1 If you get a positive test result, you will have the opportunity to connect with our independent physician network.
1 Once verified, you’ll receive your results on our secure platform within days.
What's Included
Brush Kit
Test card for transporting your sample
Sticker ID for sample identification
Detailed directions to guide you
Help along the way if you need it
Pre-paid shipping both ways
Your Results
Easy to Understand
Gain meaningful insights about your health with easy-to-understand test results. Download and share with your healthcare provider, family, or friends. We also provide you with additional resources and helpful tips along the way.
View a personalized report of each marker tested as well as detailed information about what your results mean for you.
Take action on your health and wellness. Use your report to help guide your next steps. Set up a discussion with a healthcare professional to go over your results further.
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The risk of getting colon cancer increases as you get older. In fact, 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years or older, with the median age being 68 years old.

For people who are at average risk of colon cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that yearly colorectal cancer screening be done between the ages of 50-75. Our physician network will review your lab order upon kit activation and will approve accordingly if you meet the age requirements for this test.

For people above the age of 75, other factors must be considered, such as general health and willingness to undergo intervention should your screening results be positive.

You’re considered to be at average risk if you do not have:
  • A family history or predisposition of colon cancer (such as Lynch syndrome or familial adenomatous polyposis)
  • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
  • A personal history of colon cancer, adenomas or other related cancers
  • A positive result from another screening method in the last year

There are no specific guidelines for individuals who are considered high risk, so we recommend following up with your healthcare provider about colon cancer screening frequency if any of the above apply to you.
Colorectal cancer usually develops slowly over a period of many years. It often begins as a non-cancerous—but abnormal—mass of tissue (called a “polyp”) that grows along the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Polyps can eventually become cancerous—especially a particular kind of colorectal polyp known as an adenoma.

In general, colorectal polyps (meaning found in either your colon or rectum) will not cause symptoms. This is why routine screening is so important—so you can catch colon cancer early and treat it accordingly.

We recommend speaking with your healthcare provider right away if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Alternating or chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Very thin “pencil” stools
  • Persistent urge to have a bowel movement
  • Significant weight loss
  • New or worsening pain in the abdomen
You do not need to fast or change your diet or any medications prior to testing. However, you should wait to be tested if you are experiencing any of the following:
  • Bleeding from hemorrhoids
  • Currently menstruating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Recent GI surgery
  • Recent diverticulitis flare
Your test results will show you if you are negative or positive for blood in your stool. A positive result does not mean that you have colon cancer—it simply means you need to share the results with your healthcare provider to discuss next steps (which may include a colonoscopy).
Various types of colorectal cancer screening tests can be performed prior to a colonoscopy (which is an out-patient procedure done by your physician to look inside your colon and rectum using a flexible tube).

This fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is easy to do, and studies suggest it is more sensitive compared to the guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) for detecting colon cancer. Both of these colon cancer screening tests are known as FOBTs (fecal occult blood test) because they are intended to measure very small amounts of blood in your stool—which is invisible to the eye. The Everlywell FIT Colon Cancer Screening Test is a convenient, non-invasive screening option you can use from the comfort of home. There are no restrictions prior to using this screening method and sample collection doesn’t require you to send actual stool back to the lab. You merely need to brush the stool after using the bathroom and place small amounts of the water surrounding it on a card—which is used for lab processing.

A guaiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) also detects blood in the stool but, unlike FIT, the guaiac FOBT can’t tell if the blood is from another part of the digestive tract, such as your stomach. Certain foods or drugs can also affect your results such as aspirin, ibuprofen, red meats, and vitamin C supplements, which may need to be avoided prior to taking this type of stool test for colorectal cancer screening.

A stool DNA (or FIT-DNA) test specifically looks for mutations of polyp DNA in your stool. The stool DNA test typically requires you to send an actual stool sample back to the lab for processing, but collection can still be performed at home. However, studies have shown that the specificity (true negative rate) is lower than that FIT—meaning there have been more positive results where a follow-up colonoscopy was negative.

If you are unsure which screening method is right for you, please follow-up with your healthcare provider who can discuss your medical history in more detail. Note that regular screening (once a year) is recommended if you are age 50-75 and have an average risk of colorectal cancer.