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Colon Cancer Symptoms

Some of the more common symptoms of colon cancer may include:-

Changes in normal bowel habit that last for more than two weeks

Bright red or dark red blood in your stools.

Black, dark coloured, "tarry" stools

Stools that are thinner than normal ("pencil stools") or feeling as if you cannot empty your bowels completely

A straining feeling in the rectum

Unexplained weight loss

Extreme fatigue

An abdominal lump, discomfort, bloating, frequent wind pains, or cramps

If you experience any of these for two or more weeks call your doctor right away to discuss your concerns and arrange for tests to get to the bottom of your symptoms.

If you think you are experiencing colon cancer symptoms  don’t delay in seeking medical advice as detection of colon problems can mean they are dealt with before they become more serious.

Our test is useful as a screening test as it looks for blood in stools which may not be visible and thus may give a good early warning.

Remember most cases of blood in poo are not symptoms of colon cancer  but should always be checked out by your G.P.

How do I perform the test?
A sample of your stool (faeces) is taken with a stick and inserted into a tube pre-filled with a buffer solution. A drop of this mixture is then placed on the test strip for evaluation.

What does the result tell me?
If the test shows a positive result (two lines in the window), you can assume that there is blood in your stool. This should be examined by a doctor. Remember this does not necessarily mean colon cancer nor indeed colon polyps. Blood in the stool can have other causes (e.g. haemorrhoids). If colon polyps are detected, it is the size of the polyp that determines the risk of colon cancer. There are many other  symptoms of  colon cancer which you should be alert for.

Why is testing so important?
Polyps in the colon usually cause no problem and may go unnoticed for many years. But early detection of colon cancer is very important: the chance of survival is higher than 90% if the cancer is detected and treated in its early stages. Clearly being alert for any colon cancer symptoms is a good idea.

How does this test work?
The test detects invisible (so-called occult or hidden) traces of blood in the stool. The test detects human bleeding specifically and accurately and is not influenced by diet.

How high are my chances of developing colon cancer?
Regular testing can can help in the early detection of polyps. The cause of colon cancer is largely unknown. However, a yearly faecal occult (blood in the stool) test may be useful from the age of 40. If colon polyps have been diagnosed in parents or siblings this test should be performed at an earlier age, and
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