Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and early detection is vital. The sooner it is detected, the greater are the chances of successful treatment. If it is treated at an early stage the survival rate exceeds 90%.
Why is this test important to me?
95% of all cases of colon (bowel) cancer result from benign pre-stages, so-called polyps. This means that this type of cancer is one of the few where the development of tumours can be prevented by early intervention. If the polyp is found in time and removed, it can halt the development of colon cancer.
How do I perform the test?
A sample of your stool (faeces) is taken with a stick and inserted into a tube pre-filled with a buffer solution. A drop of this mixture is then placed on the test strip for evaluation.
What does the result tell me?
If the test shows a positive result (two lines in the window), you can assume that there is blood in your stool. This should be examined by a doctor. Please note: blood in the stool can have other causes (e.g. haemorrhoids). If colon polyps are detected, it is the size of the polyp that determines the risk of colon cancer.
Why is testing so important?
Polyps in the colon usually cause no problem and may go unnoticed for many years. But early detection of colon cancer is very important: the chance of survival is higher than 90% if the cancer is detected and treated in its early stages.
How does this test work?
There are no dietary restrictions when testing with this new method for detecting invisible (so-called occult) traces of blood in the stool. The test detects human bleeding specifically and accurately and is not influenced by diet.
How high are my chances of developing colon cancer?
Regular testing alone cannot prevent the development of polyps. The cause of colon cancer is largely unknown.
Bowel health test/ faecal occult blood (FOB) test suitable for both men and women
Self test can be performed at your convenience and in the comfort and privacy of your own home
No need to restrict your diet in order to perform the test
Results in five minutes