The National Cancer Registry for 2011 (most recent available) estimated that 1 in 85 men and 1 in 144 women in South Africa could develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime.
Are you at risk?
In most cases, the cause of colon cancer is unknown, but factors that increase your risk for colorectal cancer include:
A diet high in red and processed meat, but low in fiber (fruits and vegetables).
High alcohol intake.
Older age (over the age of 50).
A family history of colorectal cancer.
Inherited conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis or Lynch Syndrome.
Inflammatory bowel disease.
Is there a colon cancer screening test?
Colon Cancer is one of the top five most prevalent cancers in South Africa. There are often no symptoms of bowel cancer, it has a long pre-cancerous development phase and late-stage diagnosis is associated with a survival rate as low as 11%. Early detection of colon cancer has a 94% survival rate.
Despite all of this, there is no defined bowel cancer screening process in South Africa. In the event that screening is conducted, there are two common methods used.
A faecal occult blood test (FOBT). This requires the collection of the patient’s stool into a specimen jar, which is sent to the lab for testing.
A colonoscopy. This is a medical procedure where a camera is used to check on the health of the colon from the inside.
Both procedures require special dietary requirements ahead of time.
Understandably, given the inconvenience, expense, and discomfort, uptake of these screening tests is poor.
That’s why, in 2016, UDoTest partnered with US-based biotechnology company, Clinical Genomics, to launch the non-invasive UDoColonTest home test kit, which is highly sensitive for the detection of blood in and around the stool, a key indicator of abnormalities in the colon and rectum.
A convenient, water-based collection method, UDoColonTest allows you to perform your annual screening within 30 seconds – in the comfort of your own home.
The UDoColonTest couldn’t be easier to use:
Patients need only gently brush the surface of the stool in water for about five seconds with the convenient, long-handled blue brush;
It can be used after meals and while taking any medications. There are no special food or medication restrictions; and
It is up to 98% specific and 88% sensitive in detecting cancerous and precancerous risks.
Visit https://www.udotest.com/product/colon-test for more details or to order the UDoColonTest and lower your risk of colorectal cancer now.