Frequently asked questions

The situation is different for each individual. It is therefore only normal for you to have some questions.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

  • There is no history of bowel cancer in our family. Can I still get bowel cancer?

    People sometimes think they only need to look out for bowel cancer if someone else in their family has already had the disease. However, even in without a genetic predisposition, the risk of bowel cancer remains very high. FECOTEST® is therefore also highly recommended for you.

  • Bowel cancer? Surely that's an old-person's disease?

    85% of those affected are over 50, but this does not mean that younger people are not at risk. That is why we recommend doing the test every year from the age of 45, especially if there is a family history of colorectal issues.

  • Do my eating habits affect my risk of bowel cancer?

    Certain factors can increase the risk of bowel cancer, and your consumption habits are certainly one of them. In particular excess weight, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption significantly increase this risk. As always, the key is a healthy and moderate diet and sufficient exercise.

  • What is the chance of recovery?

    Early diagnosis leads to full recovery in 90% of cases. That is why it is doubly important to be vigilant and to do the test at regular intervals. This is the only way to beat bowel cancer.

  • Does 1 negative test mean that I'm guaranteed to be free of bowel cancer?

    You must perform the test on three consecutive stool samples, because certain polyps (if present) may not always have released enough blood. This means that the first two samples do not provide a sufficient level of reliability.

    After the third sample, our test is 93% reliable. This means that 7% of the positive cases still slip through the net. That is why it's important to do the test every year. This will allow the remaining 7% to be detected within a short time.

  • How does FECOTEST® work?

    Gastrointestinal lesions often cause bleeding. The blood released can be detected in the stool using the specific FECOTEST®. There can be various reasons for blood in the stool:  inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, haemorrhoids, polyps (= potential precursors of bowel cancer), bowel cancer.

    The likelihood of detecting intermittent bleeding increases when samples are collected from 3 consecutive stools. This procedure gives more accurate results and facilitates early diagnosis thus increasing the chances of successful treatment.

  • When should I do the test?

    The FECOTEST® can be conducted any time of the day when you have a bowel movement.

  • Can the results be incorrect?

    The results are accurate if the instructions are followed carefully. The results can be distorted if the FECOTEST® gets wet before use, if the steps for collecting the stool sample in the tube are not performed correctly or if the samples are contaminated with blood other than faecal blood (cuts, haemorrhoids, menstrual blood etc…) or if an incorrect amount of the sample is put in the sample well.

  • How to interpret the test if the colour and the intensity of the lines are different?

    The colour and intensity of the lines are not relevant for reading the test results.  The lines just have to be the same and continuous

  • What is the line that appears under mark C (Control) for?

    This line simply indicates that the test was successful.

  • What should I do if the result is positive?

    If the result is positive, this means that blood has been detected in the stool. This does not necessarily mean that you are seriously ill. A positive result could indicate inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, ulcers (e.g. Crohn's disease), haemorrhoids, or polyps (potential precursors of colon cancer). 

    In this case, you should consult a doctor and show him/her the test results. The doctor will then decide what should happen next.

  • What should I do if the result is negative?

    If the result is negative, this means that the test could not detect any blood in the stool. Patients aged 45 or over, or patients that have relatives with a history of colorectal cancer are advised to perform the test annually.

  • How reliable is FECOTEST®?

    FECOTEST® is extremely reliable and has been used in professional environments (hospitals, laboratories) for over 10 years. Studies have shown a 93% correlation of the results with various reference methods.

  • Does eating red meat affect the result of the FECOTEST®?

    No: FECOTEST® only detects human haemoglobin, so eating read meat does not have any effect on the result.

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