Leaders in the home medical testing space, UDoTest, have launched a simple do-it-yourself home screening test to detect colon cancer called the UDoColonTest. The non-invasive testis 98% specific and 88% sensitive in detecting cancerous risks, and is expected to become one of the primary methods of detecting this deadly cancer.
In 2012, Colorectal cancer amounted to 694 000 deaths world-wide. Despite the colonoscopy being the gold standard screening method, bowel (colon) cancer continues to be one of the least detected and leading causes of deaths. Not only is the colonoscopies low adoption a concern, but its preparation beforehand, invasiveness, expense and length of time.
“Early detection is key to the progression and treatment of any disease,” says Allison Martin of UDoTest. “Most cases of bowel (colon) cancer begin as small, noncancerous cells which then abnormally grow into what’s called polyps, which over time can become cancerous. As they produce no symptoms, the sometimes lethal result isn’t addressed. Doctors recommend regular screening tests to help prevent bowel (colon) cancer by identifying and removing polyps before they become dangerous.”
Bowel (colon) cancer is a non-discriminate silent killer that stalks middle-aged men and women across the globe – it is the third deadliest cancer worldwide for men and women. “With such a reputation it is not surprising that bowel (colon) cancer is one of the least screened for.” says Martin.
Dr Reeve Charles Jobson, esteemed gastroenterologist at Sandton Clinic, is impressed that such InSure Faecal immunochemical (FIT) tests are now so easily availble online. Some US healthcare funders recommend that individual’s aged 50+ either do an annual FIT test or have a colonoscopy every 5 to 10 years. Only if a FIT test comes back positive, is a colonoscopy recommended. “There is definitely a need for easier screening.” comments Dr Jobson.
Recent data indicates that bowel (colon) cancer infection affects men and women of all ages but rises from mid-40’s, and peaks at the age of 68.
The causes of bowel (colon) cancer include age, lifestyle, genes, and more, however, Dr Jobson has seen an increased diagnosis in overweight male smokers in his practice. “It is important for patients to know if bowel (colon) cancer has been prevalent in the family with either parent, and if it has then screening should occur 10 years before the parent’s index age. For example, if Mum was diagnosed at 50, then the son or daughter should be screened 10 years before the parent’s index age, namely 40.”
“UDoTest’s goal is to make screening easily available to everyone. With the success of our UDoHPVTest for women, some of who avoid the dreaded Pap smear, and our UDoSTDTest, we are proud to expand our UDoTest range,” says Martin.