Short Portfolio of Screening Tests:
- Most Effective Test: M2-PK + FOB
- M2-Pyruvate Kinase can detect non-bleeding polyps and tumours and the FOB test detects tiny amounts of blood in the stool. Best test for detecting the most disease - highly sensitive test.
- Highly effective Test: M2-PK only
- Less likely than other tests to give a falsel positive result - highly specific test.
- Basic Test: FOB only (immunological)
- Effective if repeated annually. This test is not the same as the NHS England screening test. Not suitable if you have 'active' haemorrhoids, diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease.
- New - Cologuard DNA stool test
- A brand new stool test that detects the changes in DNA that are associated with bowel polyps and bowel cancer. This test gives an early warning so that cure is more likely. Ovarian Cancer Screening
- Ovarian Cancer test - CA125 blood test
- Effective if repeated annually. This test is helpful in detecting early ovarian cancer. For the ultimate blood test for ovarian cancer risk choose Ca125 with HE4 test and ROMA - Risk Of Malignancy Algorithm
- Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment
- PSA (Prostate specific antigen) test:A finger prick blood test - several drops of blood are required. A high PSA level is indicates an increased risk of prostate cancer. Men over 45 should be tested for PSA.
- Helicobacter stool test: detects the bacteria that cause indigestion and gastritis (inflammation and ulceration of the stomach). Many people contract this infection after travelling abroad. Longstanding Helicobacter pylori gastritis is linked to the development of stomach cancer.
Other Screening Tests
- Cardiovascular Risk Assessment - Full Cholesterol Check High Cholesterol levels are very common and it is easy to improve one's health by taking action to reduce Cholesterol. Heart disease and stroke are two consequences of high cholesterol. Our simple blood test measures good and bad Cholesterol and lets you know in plain language what if anything needs to be done. It requires only a few drops of blood from a finger prick sample. Watch the video to see how easy it is to take your sample.
- Indigestion Test for Helicobacter pylori
- Helicobacter pylori stool test: stomach ache or indigestion caused by a Helicobacter infection is readily detected and easily treated. The test performance is equivalent to the widely used breath test and is highly effective (detects up to 96% of infections).
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and colitis
- Calprotectin test: Lower abdominal discomfort can be due to IBS but treatable colitis may give identical symptoms. High Calprotectin levels are suggestive of colitis rather than IBS and colitis often requires specific active treatment to be controlled.
- Underactive Thyroid Risk Assessment Women in middle age, in particular, may suffer tiredness, lethargy and weight gain that can be due to thyroid gland problems. TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) is the recognised test to screen for an underactive thyroid and it requires only a few drops of blood from a finger prick sample.
Bowel Screening for Polyps and CancersStomach Cancer Risk Assessment