Bowel Cancer
Screening Test


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This test detects whether there is blood present in a stool sample.

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Bowel Cancer Screening Test

About this test

The faecal immunochemical test (FIT) detects whether there is blood present in a stool sample. Whilst the accuracy of this test is improved compared to the older faecal occult blood test (FOBT) there are still issues which can affect the result. Conditions such as piles or haemorrhoids can lead to blood being present in the stool, and so can cause a positive FIT result in people who do not have  bowel cancer (a false positive). A positive result may lead to invasive procedures such as colonoscopy being used to investigate the bowel and identify whether bowel cancer is present.

A negative result does not rule out bowel cancer. The test can return a false negative if there is an underlying tumour which is not releasing significant amounts of blood into the bowel.

If you are worried about bowel cancer, or have symptoms such as a change in bowel habit, blood in the stool, or weight loss, then we recommend that you discuss these with your GP.

Who is this test for?

We recommend this screening test is used in line with guidance from public health authorities in the UK.

The NHS currently offers screening for bowel cancer every two years to adults aged between 60 and 74 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and from 50 to 74 in Scotland.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your stool sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Stool sample collection kit

We will send you your Bowel Cancer Screening Test stool sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your stool sample in the comfort of your own home.

Postage & packaging

Your Bowel Cancer Screening Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your stool sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your stool sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your stool sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range stool results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Bowel Cancer Screening Test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account with

Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Bowel Cancer Screening Test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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