1. What is a FIT test?
    FIT stands for Faecal Immunochemical Test. In other words, this test detects hidden blood in the stool using an immunochemical reaction.

  2. Will I need to come into the hospital for the FIT test?
    No, you collect your stool sample at home, at a time that is convenient to you, using a sample collection tube we provide. You then send the tube back to our laboratory for processing.

  3. How is this test different from the test I completed nearly a year ago?
    This test is reported to be more sensitive because it specifically detects traces of human blood. You will only be asked to take one sample of bowel motion, rather than three. Collecting the sample is easier to do as we provide you with a hygienic collection tube. It has a grooved stick attached to its lid for taking a small stool sample.

  4. Will this test be any good if I only have to submit one sample of bowel motion instead of three like the last time?
    Previous research has shown that the FIT test, like the one we have sent you, will detect the same number of important polyps and cancers as the three sample test card you have previously completed.  It is also reported to be more accurate.

  5. How do I use the kit?
    We have sent you an illustrated instruction sheet with the FIT kit. You can also print the instructions sheet by clicking here.

  6. Is it safe to post this test back?
    Yes, once you collect your sample you need to put the tube in the plastic zip-lock bag. The bag is then placed in the enclosed sample return envelope. The packaging has been approved by the Royal Mail.

  7. How long have I got to complete the test?
    We would like you to complete the test as soon as possible after receiving it. That way you will be able to take part in all three rounds of FIT testing while waiting for your three year follow-up colonoscopy.

  8. How long after completing this test do I have to return it?
    Please post your sample to our laboratory as soon as possible after collecting it. Delay may invalidate the analysis and you may need to provide another sample in order to obtain accurate results.

  9. Should I stop taking my medication before doing the test?
    You should continue with your medication as normal and do the test. If you are on warfarin, aspirin, anti-inflammatories or some antibiotics, your chances of having traces of blood in the stool are increased. However, we would encourage you to do the test, and if invited to attend an earlier colonoscopy you can discuss this with your specialist screening centre practitioner.

  10. I have a restricted diet, should I do the test?
    Your diet will not affect the results of the test.

  11. I normally have very loose bowel motions, how can I collect the stool sample?
    The sample can be collected in a clean disposable container such as a washed out margarine tub or yoghurt carton. There will be sufficient material for testing if the green stick is 'moved about' in the sample that has been collected. Do not overload the stick though as only a very small amount is necessary for the analysis.

  12. I suffer from haemorrhoids/piles/ inflammatory bowel disease, should I take part in the study?
    Yes you can take part in the study, although you may have an increased chance of blood being found in the bowel motion. Should your test indicate that blood is present, your medical condition will be assessed and discussed with your screening practitioner at colonoscopy.

  13. My sample has touched the toilet water, does this matter?
    You should collect a sample from stool that has not touched the toilet water because it can invalidate the result.

  14. I have done the test but there doesn’t appear to be much sample on the stick, is this normal?
    A very small amount of stool is necessary for this test so the amount within the grooves of the green stick is enough.

  15. I have taken the stick out of the solution to have a look at it. I have just read the instructions and noticed it advises not to re-open the tube. Does it mean I need to get another kit to complete?
    Yes, a replacement kit will be required because it is possible that liquid in the sample collection tube has leaked out. 

  16. I have forgotten to date my sample, what should I do?
    If you have already posted your test kit back to us with your sample we will be in touch if we need another sample from you.