HyStool® – Faecal Collection
The Bowel Cancer Screening Test
Bowel or colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. The earlier it is detected, the greater the chances of successful treatment. When treated early the survival rate exceeds 90%.
The early stages of colon cancer can be detected by a simple test for blood in the stool (poo).
The Screening Test
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland people over the age of 60 are “invited” by the NHS to take part in bowel cancer screening. In Scotland, the screening starts from age 50. This screening then takes place every two years until you reach the age of 75.
This test is posted to you, so that you can do it in the privacy of your own home.
The current test kit comes with small cardboard sticks and you are asked to smear small samples of poo onto a special screening card and send it for examination.
Why doesn’t everyone invited take part ?
The above question is an interesting one posed by “Cancer Research UK”. According to their research only 55 – 60% of people in England complete the test. In some areas that figure falls to 33%.
There are many reasons why people do not complete the test. Some simply do not want to know the result, others are “horrified and quite disgusted at the concept of collecting and then sending their stool samples through the post”. There are also mobility issues that make it difficult for some people to catch their poo before it hits the toilet bowl.
Faecal Immunochemical Test
Faecal Immonochemical Test (FIT) is a new test which is soon to be introduced throughout England. Read more about it here. The test Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, said:
“This new test is an exciting game changer for helping us beat bowel cancer. It is easier to use, will increase the number of tests and help us tackle cancer earlier.” However the FIT test recommends that people try to catch a stool (poo) by layering several pieces of toilet paper into the toilet, in the hope that the stool will not fall through the paper into the toilet water, or the amount of paper required is not sufficient to block the toilet. HyStool® provides an easier solution.
Let HyStool® provide the solution
HyStool® is a simple and hygienic stool collection device. It is designed to make an unpleasant job as easy as possible. Attach a HyStool® bag to your toilet seat … and pass a stool into the bag. You then take the required smear sample using the stick provided by the NHS …. Once finished detach the bag from the seat and simply flush away. HyStool® bags are made from PVA plastic(Polyvinyl Alcohol). They dissolve 100% in cold water.