Bowel Cancer Screening Test
✓ Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
This screening test looks for microscopic amounts of blood in your stool which is often found with pre-cancerous polyps, bowel cancer and other benign conditions.
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About this test
This bowel cancer screening test analyses your stool for microscopic amounts of blood which is often found with pre-cancerous polyps, bowel cancer, in addition to other benign conditions like piles haemorrhoids). If blood is detected, this should prompt further urgent investigations including a referral for a colonoscopy.
What is Included?
✓ Home Bowel Cancer Screening Test Kit
✓ Recorded, next day delivery of your test kit (if booked before 3.30pm Mon-Thur)
✓ 24hr Tracked Royal Mail Return
✓ Results 2-3 working days from receipt by the laboratory
✓ Patients emailed with results plus analysis and health advice by a ZoomDoc GP
Some of the common symptoms of bowel cancer:
- Blood in your stool
- A change in bowel habits (diarrhoea, loose stools or constipation)
- Rectal bleeding
- Unexplained pain in the abdomen or low back
- Weakness and lethargy
- Unexplained weight loss
It is very important to talk to your NHS GP or a ZoomDoc GP if you have any of these symptoms, even if your results are normal. Occasionally, microscopic amounts of blood in the stool sample may be missed during analysis.
Similar to the test we provide, everyone aged 60 to 74 who is registered with a GP and lives in England is automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years.
When to test
We advise patients to only undertake this stool test on Monday – Thursday mornings prior to sending it directly back to our laboratory on the same day. This ensures that there are no delays in our lab receiving and analysing your sample.
Specific biomarker within this stool test includes:
✓ Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
This test looks for small amounts of blood in stool which may indicate bowel cancer or other benign conditions like piles (haemorrhoids).
Frequently Asked Questions
How accurate are ZoomDoc Wellness Tests?
ZoomDoc tests are as accurate as tests you would normally take via a hospital or in a GP setting.
All tests are analysed in labs in the UK and are UKAS & ISO 15189 accredited.
All of our partner laboratories undergo frequent quality control checks to ensure they meet the highest standard of testing. The equipment and analysers used are all designed for the specific function of capillary blood testing. All ZoomDoc test kits come with clear instructions.
What laboratories do ZoomDoc use?
All laboratories that ZoomDoc use are UKAS & ISO 15189 accredited.
Most samples are analysed at The Doctors Laboratory which is based in Central London. This lab is the largest private laboratory in the UK.
How are my tests reviewed?
All test results are analysed by our team of Doctors.
They will comment on your results and often provide both advice and health recommendations.
If there is any worrying results our Doctors will get in touch and advise on next steps.
Is this test suitable for children?
ZoomDoc do not recommend purchasing our wellness tests for children.
Can I discuss my results with a ZoomDoc GP?
Our team of GPs are available via the ZoomDoc app to discuss any queries or questions you may have.
What will happen after purchasing a Wellness Test?
After purchase of your test kit, it will be immediately dispatched to your home or workplace. After it arrives, you must activate the test with the details of the patient undertaking the test. There are full instructions on the test kit box.
Can I give my test to someone else?
Yes, if you receive or order a wellness test kit and want to gift it to someone else, you can do this. However, the test must always be activated with the personal details of the individual taking the test.
” Bowel cancer or otherwise known as colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer. Over 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK and statistically 1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer at some point during their lifetime.
Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if is diagnosed early. Mostly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However this drops significantly as the disease develops.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, please speak to your GP or chat to ZoomDoc. This simple home test and early diagnosis can save lives. “
Dr Kenny Livingstone – ZoomDoc GP