I have recently read several articles about home testing and, in an ideal world home screening tests would not be necessary.  But, as I have said before, early diagnosis and prompt medical intervention is always beneficial, and figures announced by Diabetes UK indicate that there may be one million undiagnosed Type II diabetics in the UK, which the current NHS systems are just not picking up.  So, how do you identify early signs of an abnormality – you implement a screening programme aimed at “high risk groups”

At least the Government has introduced national bowel cancer screening for people in England & Wales between 60 and 69 (to be extended to age 74).  But last year nearly 1,800 people under 60 died from bowel cancer (about 11% of the total) and 8,800 (56% of the total) people over 75 died of the illness.  Thus, the current screening arrangements do not pick up over half of all bowel cancer sufferers.

The screening tests which 1st Health sell all have regulatory approval and offer a quick, low cost method of establishing if you should visit your GP for more detailed tests.  What is interesting is that women know how reluctant their men folk are to visit their doctor, so we sell more prostate tests to women than to men, as they know that men will not take the initiative themselves!

Bowel cancer facts
Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer and the fourth most common cancer. Just under 16,000 (15,708) people die each year in the UK – that's a life every 32 minutes. Over 40,000 (40,695) people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year - that's one every 13 minutes
One in 14 men and one in 19 women have a lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer
Over 93% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer at an early stage survive for at least five years compared to less than 7% of those diagnosed at a late stage

Five-year survival rates for bowel cancer have doubled over the last 40 years

More than 8 in 10 cases of bowel cancer occur in people aged 60 or over, but bowel cancer can affect people of all ages.
Statistics from Cancer Research UK: www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/keyfacts/bowel-cancer/