Colon cancer is one of the most frequent cancer diseases with about 5.000 cases per year in Austria and around 57.000 cases in Germany.
The chances of survival are over 90% if the cancer is detected at an early stage and treated timely. Early detection is the most effective method of combating colon cancer. The indications of colon cancer mostly do not cause pain, that's why they are easily regarded as impairments of wellbeing, which makes early detection even more important.
Colon polyps are the early stage of colon diseases, they can bleed visibly or invisibly. The best precaution is a colonoscopy. This immunological Bowel Health Care Test is a modern way for testing as a wise addition to the colonoscopy. The high detection rate (sensitivity) of this immunological method is clinically proven and confirmed by studies.
95% of all cases of colon (bowel) cancer result from benign pre-stages, so-called polyps. This means that this type of cancer is one of the few where - by early detection - the development of tumours can be prevented. If the polyp is found timely and removed, it can halt the development of colon cancer.
A sample of the stool (faeces) is taken with a stick and inserted into a tube pre-filled with a buffer solution. A drop of this mixture is then placed on the test field for evaluation.
If the test shows a positive result (two lines), blood was found in the stool sample. This should be examined by a doctor. Please note: blood in the stool can also have other causes (e.g. haemorrhoids). If colon polyps are detected, it is the size of the polyp that determines the risk of colon cancer.
Polyps in the colon usually do not cause problems and may remain unnoticed for many years. Early detection of colon cancer is very important: the chance of survival is higher than 90% if the cancer is detected and treated in its early stages.
There are no dietary restrictions when testing with this new method for detecting invisible (so-called occult) traces of blood in stool. The test detects human bleeding specifically and accurately and is not influenced by diet.
Regular testing alone can detect the development of polyps. The cause of colon cancer is largely unknown. However, a yearly faecal occult (blood in the stool) test is recommended from the age of 40. If colon polyps have been diagnosed in parents or siblings this test should be performed at an earlier age, and at shorter intervals. Genetic predisposition is a significant risk factor.