Faecal Immunochemical (FIT) Test
The FIT bowel cancer screening test is similar to the faecal occult blood (FOB) test. But it’s far simpler for you to do and tends to be more reliable. For example, the FOB test requires you to take three stool samples on three different days. But the FIT test only requires you to take one stool sample. Additionally, the FIT test only detects human blood in your stool, whereas the FOB test detects any blood, which could include animal blood if you consume red meat.
Bowel cancer doesn’t tend to get as many high-profile awareness campaigns as other types of cancer. But it’s still the 4th most common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, it actually accounts for about 12% of all new cancer cases. As with many cancers, early detection gives you the best chance of fighting the disease. And the FIT test is one of the best methods to help with early detection. In fact, most medical screening programs favour the much-improved FIT test over the FOB test. Simply put, the FIT test has been proven to be easier to administer and gives more reliable results. It’s important to remember that if your results do indicate there is blood in your stool, this does not necessarily mean you have bowel cancer. It just means you may need more follow-up tests from your GP to identify the source of the blood. Sometimes the blood can be caused by polyps, which can be a precursor to bowel cancer. But equally, sometimes the blood can be a result of piles or small cuts on your anus. Symptoms of bowel cancer can include a change in your bowel movements, extreme tiredness and tummy pain.
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.