The stool test is used to diagnose the gastrointestinal bleeding and early diagnosis of colon cancer, rectum, and adenomatous polyps. The test is generally considered as one of the screening tests for intestinal cancer. Obviously, in case of early diagnosis of the diseases, the treatment can be done quickly and appropriately. Every year, many die from colon and rectum cancers. However, the disease can be prevented and can be cured at early stages. If you are over 50 years of age or have a history of personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyp adenomatous, consider to have the test right away.
Please provide on the sample collection container, full name and age of the patient as well as date, time and type of the specimen collection.
Food and Medication Guides and Precautions:
If your doctor has requested tests that require specific nutritional and restrictions, you need to consider these restrictions before and during the relevant tests.
You are required to eat none of the following list, at least three days before your stool sample collection:
- Liver, beef, pig, lamb (sheep) meat
- Varieties of melons including watermelon, Honeydew, Rockmelon, Turnip, Cauliflower, Radish and Horseradish, Broccoli, Cucumber, Horseradish (Mustard Root), Carrot, etc.
- Sour taste fruits (e.g. Lemon or Lime)
You may use a balance of the following nutrients:
- Small amount of well cooked chicken, turkey or fish
- Desired amounts of vegetables (raw or cooked, with the exception of those mentioned above)
- Fruits such as dried plums, green plums, cooking sultanas, grapes, apples or bananas, etc.
- Products high in fibers and bran, such as cereals and grains, peanuts or popcorn
- Please discuss discontinue of your medications with your physician.
- Use of any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, as well as amounts over 325 mg of aspirin per day is prohibited, seven days prior and at the time of stool samples collection.
- Acetaminophen may be used as needed.
- Three days before and at the time of collection, amounts over 250 mg of vitamin C and Iron supplements should not be consumed.
- Avoid using any kind of sour fruit or extracts.
- Alcohol should be avoided from 7 days before the sample collection.
- Do not collect samples if bleeding from a hemorrhoid or blood in the urine (during urination) noticed.
- Collection should be avoided during the menstrual bleeding (women's period) until the bleeding is stopped.