Bowel Cancer Screening (FIT)

This at home bowel cancer screening test can help identify the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the bowel. It detects small particles of blood that are invisible to the naked eye. Other sources of blood, such as from your diet, will not cause a positive result as the test specifically detects human haemoglobin in the stool.

Collection method:

Stool sample

Number of biomarkers tested: 1

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More about this test

Through the detection of the presence of blood in the stool, which may be invisible to the naked eye, the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) can screen for bowel cancer. This test does not determine whether you have bowel cancer, but it does indicate when you may require further assessment by your doctor and further testing in the form of a colonoscopy.

 

The American Cancer Society recommends that you start regular screening at the age of 45, or younger if you have a family history of bowel cancer. Please note if you have already noted blood in your stool, or any other symptoms listed below, you should talk to your doctor.

The sample must be collected on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and returned on the same day that the sample is taken.

Do not collect your sample during your menstrual period.

There is a possibility that this test may not identify blood in the stool of someone who has cancer. This is called a false negative. It is very important to talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms, even if your test results are normal.

Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

This test checks for hidden blood in the stool which may indicate the presence of bowel cancer, or other benign conditions of the digestive tract (eg. haemorrhoids). This test does not determine if you have bowel cancer, it indicates that you require further assessment by your doctor and you may require further testing in the form of a colonoscopy.

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Our customer care team is available on live chat and telephone: 8am-10pm, Monday – Friday and 8am-4pm on the weekends.

Do you have a medical advisory board?

Dr Gareth James (GP & Medical Director) and Sian Baker (Dip ION mBANT mCNHC Head of Wellbeing Services) make up our medical advisory board. They work with us to ensure that products, lab partners and test result reports are accredited and accurate.

I've purchased a test but I'm unsure how to collect my sample?

Our Helpful Guides page contains both video and illustrated instructions to follow to correctly take your sample.

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We only partner with ISO and UKAS accredited labs.