Bowel cancer: When shouldn't I take this test?

This is a screening test for individuals who do not have bowel cancer symptoms.

If you have been experiencing a change in bowel habit, blood in stools, loss of weight or any other symptoms for 3 weeks or more please do not take this test. Instead, make an appointment with your GP who can arrange a different set of tests.

When not to test:

  • Do not use this test if you have unexplained visible blood in your poo or have any bleeding from your anus or genitals

  • Do not use this test if you currently have a diagnosis of bowel cancer or have had your entire large bowel removed

  • If you have a known cause of rectal, genital or urinary bleeding wait 1 week after the bleeding has stopped before taking the test

  • If you have any cuts, grazes, spots, abscesses or rashes which look like they have bled wait 1 week before taking the test

  • Wait 2 weeks after having any anal or genital procedures such as surgery or endoscopy

  • If you’re menstruating, please wait a week after bleeding has stopped before taking the test

Please contact us if you would like us to delay or remove this test from your plan and we will be happy to assist.

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