Bowel Cancer Screening (FIT) Test
Home Test: €69
Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a process of screening for bowel (colorectal) cancer. It checks for hidden blood in one’s stool from the lower intestines.
A FIT test can be performed in the comfort of your own home with no fasting requirement.
✔ Suitable for both adults and children
✔ Performed in the comfort of your own home
✔ Simple, easy and quick to perform
✔ Small sample required for analysis
✔ Samples analysed by a fully accredited Irish medical laboratory
✔ Samples are posted directly back to the laboratory in a prepaid package that fits through a standard postbox
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Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a process of screening for bowel (colorectal) cancer. It checks for hidden blood in one’s stool from the lower intestines. The concept of the FIT test is that blood vessels in large colon polyps or cancers are usually delicate enough to be injured easily by passing stool, resulting in small quantities of blood released from those vessels which can only be detected through FIT testing. This is because the released blood is in such a minute amount to be viewed by the naked eye.
Small quantity of stool is collected using the sample stick provided, and sent to the laboratory for analysis. If anything unusual is found during the analysis, one is recommended to carry out further testing. The presence of blood can be an indicator of polyps, inflammatory bowel conditions, hemorrhoids, or bowel cancer. Polyps however are usually not dangerous, but there is little possibility of them developing into cancer later on.
Two types of results are obtained, either the detection of blood in your stool sample or blood not detected in your stool sample.
Blood not detected in Stool Sample
If your result is less than 50 ng/mL (<50 ng/mL) it indicates blood was not detected in the stool sample.
This means that the test did not identify any traces of blood in the stool sample.
It is recommended to undertake another screening test in two years if you still will be under 75 years or have any concerns.
Blood detected in Stool Sample
A result greater than 50 ng/mL (>50 ng/mL) may require further investigation. Follow up with your GP is advised.
If blood is present in the stool sample, it does not necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer, since bleeding can be caused by something else like piles. Therefore, if the test returns a result detecting blood in your stool sample, it is recommended your doctor performs additional tests like a colonoscopy.
**We always advise that if you have any symptom concerns or changes in bowel pattern, always consult with your medical practitioner.**
Undertaking bowel cancer screening regularly minimizes the risk of succumbing from colon cancer. Also, colon cancer is among the most common cancers affecting a significant population. Therefore, the Faecal Immunochemical test assists in detecting colon cancer at an early stage when it is easily treatable.
Please note: Medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs may cause stomach irritation and affect the test. If possible, and only after consultation with your Doctor, these medications should not be taken for three days before and during the time of sample collection.
A high fibre diet is recommended for three days before sample collection starts.
A fully accredited laboratory analyzes the samples: accreditation ISO 15189, the International Standard for Medical Laboratories.
Testing Age: Adults & Children
Referral: No referral required
Results: Approx 10 working days
Testing Kit Fee: €69
HOME TEST KIT CONTENTS
✔ 1 x Test Instructions
✔ 1 x Terms and Conditions
✔ 1 x Test Request Form
✔ 1 x Prepaid Postage Envelope
✔ 1 x Biohazard Bag
✔ 1 x Absorbent Pad
✔ 1 x Green Plastic Bag
✔ 1 x Sample Collection Container
✔ 1 x Collection Mat
Terms & Conditions
It is assumed that the details provided at the time of purchase (Name & Address) are that of the patient. If this is not the case and the test is being purchased for a family member etc, please notify us immediately after purchase with the patient details.
Please review the Terms and Conditions prior to placing your order. This can be viewed by clicking on the link below.