The test kit is simple to use and comes with clear instructions.
It entails taking samples of the toilet water closely surrounding two separate bowel motions and painting the water onto collection pads, using brushes supplied in the kit. The kit is then posted to Australia for processing in a reply paid envelope, along with the person’s details and details of their New Zealand GP. Once the test is processed the results will be sent to both the person and their GP.
A positive result from bowel screening test does not confirm the presence of bowel cancer, but it does indicate the presence of blood that may be invisible to the naked eye in your bowel movement. This may be an early warning sign. You should speak to your doctor who will initiate further investigation which may include a colonoscopy or a CT colonography.
A negative result means there is no blood found in your samples, and it is recommended that you repeat a FOBT every two years. However, this does not mean that you do not have, or can never develop bowel cancer, since some bowel cancers do not bleed or only bleed occasionally.
In between times, if you develop any symptoms of bowel cancer, see your doctor immediately.
Although other types of over the counter bowel screening tests may be available, BowelScreen Aotearoa kits are preferred because the results are always shared with your nominated family doctor. These kits meet very high quality standards and are easy to use in the privacy of your own home.