Bowelscan testing kits detect invisible traces of blood that may be present in your bowel. This may be caused by a cancer or polyp. By identifying this blood early, it enables you to seek advice and treatment from your doctor, giving you a better chance of survival against bowel cancer. However there may be a polyp or cancer present which is not bleeding and which will not show up in one test. Annual testing is therefore recommended for all men and women over 40.
Rotary in Queensland have chosen to introduce the new immunochemical faecal blood test (iFOBT) from 2014. Both a brush/card type iFOBT kit manufactured by Clinical Genomics and a two tube iFOBT kit manufactured by Eiken are in use. iFOBT kits are superior as they detect only human blood and therefore there is no need for any dietary restrictions prior to doing the test. For online sales from this website, Eiken two tube kits are used. Eiken kits are more sensitive and the extra cost is a small price to pay for the suffering that may be avoided.
Only two test samples need to be taken. The new kits are more time and temperature critical and must be returned promptly when completed. This testing method is currently one of the preferred and most cost effective, accurate and easy way of detecting bowel cancer early. It is approved under the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia.
Only Eiken iFOB kits are available for online sales.
Testing for bowel cancer is simple and easy.
Detecting bowel cancer early is the key to surviving this deadly disease. By testing yourself early, you increase the chance of easier treatment and survival. ‘Bowelscan testing kits are inexpensive and easy to use. Kits include detailed instructions.’
Distributed on-line and through participating pharmacies throughout Queensland, each returned kit will be tested by an accredited pathologist and you will be notified of the results. If you wish to purchase from a participating pharmacy, contact your local Rotary Club to locate the closest one to you. Please note the requirements for the return of used kits (see under Returning The Kit).
You should not take the Bowelscan test:
It is recommended if you have experienced any of the following recently, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible, instead of taking the Bowelscan test: