Why self-test for bowel cancer?
Reasons to screen
- Bowel (colon) cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer in the UK
- Cases in the under-50s are on the rise and have grown by 45% in the last 14 years according to Bowel Cancer UK
- Each year, more than 2,500 under-50s are diagnosed with bowel cancer
- Bowel cancer rates in young people are expected to rise by up to 90% by 2030 according to a study by the University of Texas
- NHS screening in England and Wales is only available to people over 60
Even though medical interventions can achieve up to 97% survival, bowel cancer has the second highest mortality rate.
Early detection is vital. The sooner the cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chances of successful treatment.
To increase your chances of early detection doctors recommend the faecal occult blood test (FOB test). measure Bowel Health is the quick, accurate way to do this screening test in private at home.
Screening Saves Lives
Click on the video to see Deborah Gilbert, the Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research, who appeared on Sky News Sunrise to talk about the importance of detecting bowel cancer early.
The 𝘮𝘦asure Bowel Health kit tests for invisible signs of bowel problems, including cancer.
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What is faecal occult blood?
measure Bowel Health works by testing for faecal occult blood. This is an early indicator of bowel cancer that can be detected even at the early stage when there are no other symptoms.
Most intestinal cancers develop from polyps, which are benign growths inside the colon. Typically, they do not cause any pain and often remain undetected for many years before becoming malignant.
Colon polyps bleed occasionally, releasing tiny amounts of blood into the intestine that can later be detected in faeces. The microscopic amounts involved cannot be seen with naked eye, hence the medical term faecal occult blood (occult means hidden). Faecal occult blood can also result from other gastrointestinal disorders such as diverticulitis and colitis. If the test shows the positive result you should consult your family doctor as soon as possible.
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns around using the test.