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Me and My Health / Bowel Cancer Screening- FIT Test
Me and My Health / Bowel Cancer Screening- FIT Test

Bowel Cancer Screening- FIT Test

Using a simple home-use sample kit, we are able to provide you with an advanced screening test to identify possible signs of bowel disease, including bowel cancer. FIT: faecal immunochemical test. FIT test samples will be processed Tuesday and Friday. Same day results for samples received before 3pm on that day.

£49.00

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Detailed Description

Symptoms

The Risks

WHAT IS IT?

The FIT is a screening test to identify possible signs of bowel disease; in particular, colon cancer (using stool samples). It uses antibodies that specifically recognise human haemoglobin to test for hidden blood in the stool which can be an early sign of cancer. The FIT only tests for blood present in the stool and so medicine and food does not affect the results of the test.

The FIT is the most advanced, non-invasive screening tool for bowel cancer available and tends to be more accurate than other tests and produces fewer false positives than other tests.  

If you are concerned about your bowel health and would like to undertake preventative screening, we recommend ordering a FIT test. It is a simple test taken in the comfort of your own home with a very low threshold for positive results, increasing the likelihood for early detection and faster treatment of bowel diseases. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Bowel cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer related deaths in the UK. Whilst screening is currently offered to individuals between 50 – 74 years old, advanced screening is rarely available to those who fall out of this demographic. With a significant increase in under 50’s being diagnosed with bowel cancer, regular screening is an important preventative measure. 

WHY GET TESTED?

The FIT tests for tiny traces of blood in stool which may not be visible to the eye. Bowel abnormalities can develop into cancer over time and are more likely to bleed than normal tissue. If blood is present in your stool, it can be an indicator of the presence of abnormalities in the bowel. Patients with a positive FIT result can be referred for further investigation involving colonoscopy. If cancer is found early, treatments are often more effective.  

By testing regularly, you can:  

  • Avoid more invasive tests.  
  • Reduce anxiety as it is very unlikely for a patient with a negative FIT result to have colon cancer.  
  • Earlier diagnosis of cancer.  

 SYMPTOMS

You may be referred by a GP for a FIT test, or may want to get tested because you are experiencing symptoms which may include:

  • Changes in your normal bowel habit such as looser stools, constipation, or more frequent bowel movements.
  • General tiredness and/or breathlessness.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Abdominal (tummy) pain such as cramping pains.
  • Bleeding from the rectum or blood present in stool.

TREATMENTS

If you have a  positive  FIT result, it means blood was found in the stool sample and will need to be investigated further.  It is important to note, a positive FIT does not mean you have cancer. Blood in your faeces can be caused by cancer or by other medical conditions. Further investigations can be done with the use of an examination called colonoscopy.   

A  negative FIT means no blood was found in your sample. For most people this means they do not have cancer, but a normal FIT does not completely rule out cancer. It is possible for some people to have cancer and have a normal FIT. If you begin to have symptoms or your symptoms continue or get worse, it is important to see your GP.

THE RISKS

  • Diet: Some foods can affect the risk of bowel cancer. 30% of bowel cancer cases in the UK is caused by too little fibre in the diet. Choose wholegrain versions of foods over white to boost your dietary fibre. Red and processed meat (meat treated to preserve/add flavour) cause around 13% of bowel cancer cases. The government recommends having 70g or less of cooked red meat a day, or to swap red meat for pulses, chicken and fish.
  • Obesity and Exercise: It is estimated that 11% of bowel cancer cases in the UK are linked to being overweight or obese. A body mass index (BMI) between 25-30 is considered overweight, while a BMI above 30 is considered obese. There is strong evidence which shows that people who are more physically active have a lower risk of bowel cancer.
  • Smoking tobacco: 7% of bowel cancers in the UK are linked to smoking, with risks increasing as cigarettes per day increases. It’s never too late to decrease or stop smoking.
  • Alcohol: It has been estimated that around 6 out of 100 bowel cancers (around 6%) in the UK are linked to drinking alcohol.
  • Family history: Risk of bowel cancer is increased if you have a first degree relative, more than one relative diagnosed with bowel cancer, or if you have a family member diagnosed with bowel cancer before age 45. A first degree relative can be a parent, brother or sister, son or daughter.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Leading an active lifestyle with a healthy, balanced diet can help decrease your risk of bowel cancer.

Performing FIT test can help avoid more invasive tests in the future by aiding in an earlier diagnosis of bowel cancer or other medical conditions, if present.

Why us?

  • No referral needed 
  • Quick turnaround time
  • Test in the comfort of your own home