Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Drs Walsh and Terdiman1,2 reviewed the evidence on the
efficacy of various screening tests for the prevention of colorectal cancer.
Although the authors provided an extensive discussion of guiac-based FOBTs,
they did not mention fecal immunochemical tests. However, a recent statement
by the American Cancer Society's Colorectal Cancer Advisory Group supports
the use of such tests.3 Similarly, a recent
statement by the American Cancer Society concludes that "in comparison with
guaiac-based tests for the detection of occult blood, immunochemical tests
are more patient-friendly, and are likely to be equal or better in sensitivity
Schlackman N. Screening for Colorectal CancerScreening for Colorectal Cancer. JAMA. 2003;290(2):191. doi:10.1001/jama.290.2.191-a