Irritable bowels are on the rise and doctors offices are full of people who have problems with their digestion causing mild to severe symptoms. Some conditions are serious and others less so, so it is important to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Bowel cancer is a big killer in the UK, being the third most common type of cancer in men and women. It is essential to catch it early, or even before it has started to develop. A simple Bowel Cancer test is recommended for everyone.
Bowel cancer in its very early stages leaks small quantities of blood which can be found in the faeces. This test checks for small quantities of blood which could indicate early bowel cancer.
The earlier that any cancer is detected then the better chance there is of better treatment and even a cure. If we can detect the bowel cancers in their very early stages, before they have spread outside the bowel, then the section of bowel containing the cancer can be removed with the hope of a complete cure.
The FOB test checks for minute quantities of blood in the stool, and can indicate an early cancer that hasn't yet started to cause any noticable symptoms.
Early bowel cancer will have no symptoms, however if you have any of the following then you should arrange tests immediately and arrange to see your doctor.