In Europe, bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer (CRC), is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and second only to lung cancer in terms of adult deaths. 

However, incidence and mortality could be reduced significantly, as the fatal stages of bowel cancer can be avoided if detected early enough. It usually takes some time from the appearance of polyps, as a preliminary stage, until a tumour develops.

You can put your time to good use for early detection and prevention. Invest five minutes for healthy bowels and take the FIT test to detect bowel cancer early on.

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What you need to know about Colorectal Cancer

What is FIT?

The immunological faecal occult blood test (FIT) is a reliable, early-detection method for bowel cancer and its preliminary stages. A possible sign of bowel cancer can be intestinal bleeding, and the FIT test identifies even the smallest amounts of blood in stool. If the findings are positive, further diagnostic actions can be undertaken at an early stage.

Various studies have shown that the detection rate for the FIT test compares very well with colonoscopy. Our test and associated screening programme are already being used in several European national and regional bowel cancer prevention programmes.

Once you receive your FIT test (SENTiFIT pierceTube), stool sampling is easy and stress-free, and you can perform it comfortably at home. The sample is then analysed in a laboratory after you return it. You are informed about your test results soon afterwards.

Who is entitled to an early-detection bowel cancer test?

The early-detection cancer directives differ slightly from country to county around Europe. Some countries organise screening programmes on a national or regional level, and the eligible population is invited formally. In other European countries, screening is still opportunistic and offered by accredited GPs and paid by statutory health insurance schemes.

There are three common tests, although this may differ slightly from country to country:

  • Faecal occult blood test – non-invasive
  • Sigmoidoscopy – invasive
  • Colonoscopy – invasive

The FIT test is part of the Faecal Occult Blood test group and therefore non-invasive. Please ask your doctor whether you are eligible to perform the FIT test. Your doctor will be happy to inform you and advise you.

How do I carry out the test?

The test is very simple and easy to perform. Our short video shows you how it works in just one minute. Take a look at our one-minute video or download the PDF instructions.

What does the test result mean for me?

The result of the FIT test provides information about faecal occult blood.

If the FIT test is positive it means there is blood in your stool.  Please note that a positive FIT test does NOT mean you have bowel cancer. There are several other reasons as to why your stool may contain blood: haemorrhoids, bowel inflammations or menstrual bleeding, for example. The reasons for the blood in your stool therefore have to be clarified first by further diagnosis. A colonoscopy is often performed once you have consulted your doctor.

If no blood is discovered in the stool sample (negative FIT test), the test should be repeated at regular intervals in accordance with the early cancer detection directive. In the majority of European countries you are eligible to perform the FIT test every two years. 

Please click here to download an infographic simplified explanation of what is FIT and what it is used for.

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