Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK, but it accounts for the 2nd highest number of cancer deaths. Survival rates are excellent if caught early (with over 97% of patients surviving for 5 years if caught early). However, many people put off going to the doctor or getting tested because of embarrassment, and hate the idea of having to take a stool sample.
Let's face it, nobody likes poo, and when it comes to cancer testing, the Faecal Occult Blood test (FOB), which examines traces of blood in the stool, is the hardest one to get people to perform. Not only are people worried about collecting the sample, they often hate the idea of sending faeces in the post or a lab technician handling their sample once it arrives.
If you are one of these people, then worry no more. The latest FOB sample kit is so small and discreet that you could keep it in the bathroom or take it with you in your bag without anyone even noticing it.
Latest lab techniques mean that the test can be performed on the tiniest of samples - just dip the stick provided into your stool sample, screw it back into the pot and give it a shake and that's it. The lab technicians only need to test a small amount of the liquid from the sample pot. Easy, discreet and fast, this simple test could save your life.
The test looks for any human blood traces in the stool, which can indicate a risk of bowel cancer or pre-cancerous polyps. Bowel cancer can affect both old and young, with men more affected than women. With bowel cancer, it needs to be caught before any symptoms arise. This is why it is so important to get screened, and now with the latest FOB sample kit, there is no excuse not to!