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Updated: September 17, 2008

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The Bottom Line

The Colon Health Check kit is an easy way to test for hidden blood in your stool. However, this at-home test kit is not a substitute for colon cancer screening.

Pros

  • Process is easy to understand and sanitary
  • Results are easy to read
  • Convenient and entirely private

Cons

  • Fairly pricey ($35) and there is only one supplier
  • Collection paper is too weak, like tissue paper
  • Only comes with one stool sample collection sheet

Description

  • The kit was small enough to fit in my mailbox, so I didn't have to explain my package to anyone.
  • The collection paper was easy to spread across the toilet. But, if you pee on the paper, it'll break when you poop on it.
  • You can't use stool that falls in the toilet, so if your paper breaks you'll need to find another collection method.
  • I wasn't a fan of getting up close and personal with my poop to sample it, but the whole process was surprisingly sanitary.
  • I felt like a scientist, swishing my sample in the tube and then placing four drops onto the test paper.
  • The results were simple to read because of the key provided and the very clear marking.

Guide Review - Colon Health Check Kit

The Colon Health Check kit is a way to test your stool at home to see if it contains hidden (occult) blood. Having blood in your stool can be a sign of colon cancer, and this test is a way for individuals to determine the presence of hidden blood with approximately 98% accuracy. (View a visual how-to guide.)

Some fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs) are performed entirely at a doctor's office, while others allow you to take a stool sample at home and then mail it to a lab. The Colon Health Check kit is a bit more user-friendly since you can get test results in about ten minutes start-to-finish, much like an at-home pregnancy test.

The Colon Health Check kit is not a substitute for colon cancer screening. I consider it a better-than-nothing product for people who absolutely refuse to go to the doctor for preventive care. (We all know at least one!) If a positive at-home FOBT encourages someone to go to the doctor because the kit indicates blood in their stool, then it's worth the $35 it costs. The kit may also be useful for people who are following colon cancer screening guidelines, but just want to check in on their colon health between check-ups. If your Colon Health Check test is positive for hidden blood, please make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the next step.

It is very important to note that while a positive test may indicate a problem, such as colon cancer or hemorrhoids, a negative test doesn't mean a whole lot with respect to colon cancer. Although cancerous tumors generally bleed, polyps (the lumps of tissue that precede colon cancer) often don't bleed. That's why it's important for people who are 50 or older to receive regular colon cancer screening, such as a colonoscopy, administered by a doctor. Viewing your large intestine with a camera is the most effective way to detect and remove polyps, and prevent colon cancer.

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