The benefit of carrying out a SELFCheck Bowel Health home test in privacy ensures confidentiality as well as providing the necessary incentive needed to take further steps in terms of managing personal health and earlier consultation with a healthcare professional, which will facilitate earlier medical intervention should further action be needed.
The faecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a more recent version of the faecal occult blood (FOB) test. SELFCheck is a FIT test and provides a more accurate result than the common FOB tests used in current NHS screening programmes. The benefits of the FIT test is that it can be more sensitive and does not suffer from interference from diet.
The test detects 30µg/g of faeces which is more sensitive than most NHS screening criteria.
Colon polyps can bleed intermittently so a single FIT or FOB test, although very sensitive, might give a negative result. Using two or more tests on different occasions can statistically give a better chance of detecting blood in the sample.
Yes, it is just like a pregnancy test: Two lines in the result window is a positive result and one line is negative.
Make an appointment to see your GP and mention that you have had a positive result with a FIT test kit.