This Bowel Health Test is a rapid home test to qualitatively detect low levels of faecal occult blood in your stool sample. Faecal blood can also be known as FOB, human occult blood, or human haemoglobin.
The test can detect faecal occult blood at 50 ng/ml or higher, or 6 μg/g faeces. A positive result identifying blood in your poo will be visible in just 5 minutes.
This could be caused by conditions such as piles (haemorrhoids), a bleeding polyp, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or bowel cancer. Usually these have no early symptoms except tiny amounts of blood in your poo, which are usually unseen and unnoticed.
If you receive a positive result you may wish to investigate this further with your GP.
Important to note:
Specimens should not be collected during or within three days of a menstrual period, or if you suffer from bleeding haemorrhoids or blood in the urine.
Alcohol, aspirin and other medications taken in excess may cause gastrointestinal irritation resulting in occult bleeding. Such substances should be discontinued at least 48 hours prior to testing.
No dietary restrictions are necessary before using the the Bowel Health Test, as unlike guaiac assays, the accuracy of the test is not affected by your diet.
Bowel Cancer can be hereditary – do you know your risk?
According to Cancer Research UK…
- More than 20% of bowel cancers can be linked to your genetics
- Bowel cancer risk is more than doubled in people with a parent, sibling or child who has the disease.
- The risk of developing Bowel adenomas (polyps which can turn cancerous) is 70% higher in people with a parent, sibling or child with bowel cancer.
A simple saliva home test kit can determine your genetic risk of developing cancer, including bowel cancer. Knowing your risk means you can take steps to monitor your health, improve your diet or lifestyle, and start regular screening with your local hospital.
Remember – if you have a genetic predisposition to cancer, your children have a 50% chance of it too.
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