Colon Health Check
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Early detection is your best chance for surviving colon cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions concerning Colon Health Check, email coloncheck@delhitel.net.

Q. What is the purpose of performing a fecal occult blood test?
A. To detect occult blood (blood not visible by the naked eye), which indicates bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Such bleeding may be an indication of cancer.

Q. What are the chances of survival for someone with colon or rectal cancer?
A. If the cancer is found early and treated properly, more than 90 percent of patients survive five years or more. That is why using Colon Health Check is so important.

Q. Who should use Colon Health Check?
A. People in high-risk categories for colorectal cancer should take the test. High risk categories include:
  • Those who have had colon or rectal cancer
  • Women who have had breast cancer or reproductive track cancer
  • Those who have had benign intestinal polyps
  • Those with a parent, sister or brother who had or has colon or rectal cancer
  • People over the age of 40
  • African-American men and women

Note: Persons with ulcerative colotis and Crohn’s disease are at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer; however, different screening methods should be used.

Q. Should I use Colon Health Check even if I have no symptoms?
A. Yes. Many cancers and polyps do not cause pain or other symptoms at the onset, but can be detected at an early stage by minute quantities of blood in the stool and other gastrointestinal problems.

Q. If the Colon Health Check test is positive, does it mean I have cancer?
A. A positive test means that there may be bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Benign conditions such as polyps, hemorrhoids, rectal fissures or even stomach ulcers can cause bleeding that would give a positive result. It is imperative that anyone with a positive test result see a physician as soon as possible to determine the cause of the bleeding.

Q. If my Colon Health Check result is positive, how should I follow up?
A. Contact your family physician immediately.

Q. If my Colon Health Check test result is negative, does it mean I don’t have cancer?
A. Not necessarily. A negative test only means that there was no blood detected in your stool at the time of the test. Blood in the stool may occur intermittently or not at all when you have colon cancer or rectal cancer. (This test is not a substitute for a regular physical and colonoscopy by your physician.)

Q. How accurate is Colon Health Check?
A. Colon Health Check is over 98% accurate, based on clinical studies.

Q. Is the Colon Health Check test difficult or painful?
A. The test is painless and very user friendly, requiring only one stool sample. The home test includes simple directions for performing the Colon Health Check fecal occult blood test.

Q. Are diet restrictions required for using the Colon Health Check?
A. No.

Q. What time of day is best to use Colon Health Check?
A. You may test at any time of day.

Q. Do I have to use the Collection Paper?
A. Rather than Collection Paper, you may use a stool sample collected in a clean, dry container.

Q. Why is it important to prevent the stool sample from being in the toilet water?
A. Trace chemicals in the water might interfere with the test.

Q. How long do the results remain stable before they change or fade away?
A. A positive result is likely to remain unchanged; however the background may become darker. With a negative result, after 10 minutes a very faint line may appear in the test zone "T." This is not a positive result. (Remember: Do not read or interpret results after 10 minutes.)

Q. How does Colon Health Check work?
A. The Test Cassette contains a coated membrane with the monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies and a pad containing mouse monoclonal lgG (antibody) dye conjugate in protein matrix. It is uniquely designed to detect a very small amount of blood in your stool.
 
*Cancer Facts & Figures 2008, American Cancer Society Report pg. 12-13

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