The lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer is believed to be about 1 in 23 for men and 1 in 25 for women; making it the third most common cancer worldwide [1]. According to the American Cancer Society, regular screening from the age of 45 is crucial, it can lead to a vital early diagnosis where more treatment options may be available. Though, depending on certain factors, you may be required to screen earlier.

Although the only approved way to check for bowel cancer is with a colonoscopy, you can screen for indicators of bowel cancer with an at-home screening test.


How can you screen for bowel cancer from home?


There is no verified way to check for bowel cancer at home.That said, you can screen for signs of bowel cancer from home and the most reliable way to do this is with an at-home screening test.

If you’re looking to screen for bowel cancer from the comfort of your own home, LetsGetChecked’s at-home Bowel Cancer Screening Test can help identify the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the bowel by detecting blood in the stool that is invisible to the naked eye.

Your test will be sent to the same lab used by doctors and hospitals with online results in just 5 days. Our dedicated team of nurses are available 24/7 and will call you to explain your results and answer any questions you may have.



Risk factors of bowel cancer


Some risk factors associated with bowel cancer include[3]:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Older age
  • Family history of bowel cancer
  • Diabetes

You can screen for bowel cancer from home with LetsGetChecked’s at-home Bowel Screening Test. The purpose of this test is to identify the presence of blood in the stool, which may be invisible to the naked eye.

You should consider taking the test if:

  • You’re experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms
  • You have a history of adenomas (benign tumors)
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease* (which includes Crohn's disease 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

If you have already noted blood in the stool, you should speak with your doctor.



References

  1. American Cancer Society. Key Statistics for Colorectal Cancer. Online: Cancer.org, 2020
  2. American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors. Online: Cancer.org, 2018
  3. American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors. Online: Cancer.org, 2018