Bowel Cancer Screening Test£49 £49
At home Bowel Cancer Screening Test to detect blood in the stool, which may indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the bowel.
What does it test for?
- Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
Collection methodStool sample
Our home bowel cancer screening test can help identify the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the bowel by detecting blood that is invisible to the naked eye. This test detects human haemoglobin in the stool and so other sources of blood, such as from your diet will not cause a positive result.
Bowel cancer will often present no symptoms.
If you have already noted blood in the stool, or any other symptoms listed, you should talk to your doctor.
Symptoms of bowel cancer include:
- Blood in your stool
- A change in bowel habits (diarrhoea, constipation or loose stools)
- Rectal bleeding
- Unexplained pain in the abdomen
- Weakness and fatigue
The purpose of this test is to identify the presence of blood in the stool, which may be invisible to the naked eye. If you have already noted blood in the stool, or any other symptoms listed previously, you should talk to your doctor.
The American Cancer Society recommends that you start regular screening at the age of 45, or younger if you have a family history of bowel cancer.
You can also consider getting tested if:
- You are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms
- You have a history of adenomas (benign tumors)
- You have inflammatory bowel infection* (which includes Crohn's infection and ulcerative colitis)
- You have an inherited syndrome (e.g. Lynch syndrome/HNPCC or FAP)
- You have type 2 diabetes
- You have undergone radiation therapy
*Those with inflammatory bowel infections (IBD) are at an increased risk of developing bowel cancer. If you have IBD your result may also be positive due to bleeding and inflammation in your bowel.
The sample must be collected on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and returned on the same day that the sample is taken.
Do not collect your sample during your menstrual period.
There is a possibility that this test may not identify blood in the stool of someone who has cancer. This is called a false negative. It is very important to talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms, even if your test results are normal.
Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
The Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a screening test for bowel cancer. It checks for hidden blood in the stool which may indicate the presence of bowel cancer, or other benign conditions of the digestive tract (e.g. haemorrhoids). This test does not determine if you have bowel cancer, it indicates that you require further assessment by your doctor and you may require further testing in the form of a boweloscopy.
How to collect your sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.
How it works
Collect Your Sample
Activate your test and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review Accurate Results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get Medical Support
Our dedicated team of nurses are available 24/7 and will call you to explain your results.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us.
It is recommended to get screened from the age of 45, or younger if you have a family history of bowel cancer.
For this test a small stool sample is required.
Activating the test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test is not activated and linked to you. You should only activate your test when you are ready to take your sample.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of doctors who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your test results are abnormal, you will receive a call to discuss your results and next steps.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am in a fasted state and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the sample collection kit. Each of our health tests includes a prepaid delivery envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government programs.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CPA approved and ISO accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
We don't accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider.