Bluecrest Health Screening is proud to have introduced a new check relating to bowel cancer. To date, in 2016 it is estimated that this screening check has identified 67 cases of cancer where the individual concerned has found cancer earlier than would otherwise be the case, as they were not aware that they had the condition. It is usual for a higher number of polyps to be identified compared with cancers. Polyps are small non-cancerous growths on the inside lining of the colon or back passage (if a polyp is found, it is usually removed because there is a risk of a bowel polyp developing into a bowel cancer in the future).
No screening test is perfect and in tests like this, there will always be some false positive and false negative results. So, if you have a Bluecrest check, and hear back that your check for blood in your sample is positive, further investigation is necessary, which can subsequently rule out the condition. When considering whether or not this check is right for you, it is important to consider both the benefits and the limitations of the test, and these aspects will be explained. If you have bowel cancer diagnosed at the earliest stage, there is a very good chance that the cancer can be cured. The statistics show that more than 9 out of 10 people (90%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more. When it is found at a late stage, the chances of survival are much lower.
Bluecrest uses the latest “Immunochemical” tests in relation to your risks from bowel cancer, and this is clinically more accurate than the older “Faecal Occult Blood” test used for decades and which is also less pleasant to collect. Full information is provided when you discuss this with your health screening specialist.