- Detects Blood in the Stool in Very Minute Quantities
- Fecal Blood is An Early Sign of Digestive Condition (Polyps, Cancer, Ulcer, Hemorrhoids etc)
- Ideal for Testing when Suffering from Diarrhea or Constipation (>2 Weeks), Dark Black Stool, Unexplained Weight Loss
- FDA Approved Sanitary Kit that Eliminates the Need for Handling Stool
- Instant Visual Interpretation of Results
The EZ DETECT Stool Blood Testing Kit is one of the most advanced home tests of its kind. This test can detect blood in the stool in very small quantities. Only 2.0 mg hemoglobin/100 mL water is required for a reading of blood in the stool.
This Stool Blood Test is able to detect blood that can be caused by a variety of problems including bleeding ulcers, hemorrhoids, polyps, colitis, diverticulitis, fissures or cancer of the colon.
This diagnostic screening test is easy to use and sanitary. Just drop a testing pad into the toilet after a bowel movement and receive results within 2 minutes. The pad will turn bluish-green if blood is detected. It's as simple as that. No lab processing is required, and nor do you need to eliminate anything from your diet prior to the test like rare meat or vitamin C.
The sensitivity of the EZ DETECT' Test is approximately 2.0 mg hemoglobin/100 ml water.
The Fecal Occult Blood Testing Kit includes:
- A foil pouch containing 5 test pads
- One positive control package
- One patient instruction sheet
- One test result post card to record your results and mail them to your doctor
Medication and diet
Two days prior to and during the testing period, avoid aspirin-containing medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs, and rectal ointments. If you are taking medication, including prescribed doses of iron, check with your physician before testing.
No diet restrictions are required (rare meat and Vitamin C are okay). However, for two days before and during testing, try to eat vegetables, fruits and cereals.
Preparation for the test
Remove all toilet cleaners, disinfectants or deodorizers from the toilet bowl and tank. Flush the toilet bowl several times before testing. If you are color blind or visually impaired, have someone else read the results.
- Do not perform the test during menstrual bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, or constipation.
- Store unused test tissues at room temperature and protect from sunlight and moisture.
- Do not ingest or inhale. Keep out of reach of children.
Where to send the test results?
Send the completed Test Result Card to your physician if:
- You have a positive stool test result; or
- You received this test from a doctor
What does the test result mean?
Any trace of blue-green color visible in the test area indicates that blood may be present in your stool (a positive test result) meaning that there is a possible condition requiring your Physician's attention. However, a positive test result does not always mean that a problem exists as certain medicines can cause a false result as mentioned previously.
No trace of a blue-green color in the cross indicates that, at the time of your test, there was no detectable blood in the stool. However, some conditions may not cause bleeding all the time. If you have a negative test, but have one or more of the following symptoms, consult your physician:
- Diarrhea or constipation lasting longer than two weeks;
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Visible blood in the stool.
- Dark black stool.
NOTE: If you have any symptoms that concern you, consult your Physician - even if your test result is negative.
What is colorectal cancer? What causes colorectal cancer?
Almost all cases of colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer, begin with the development of benign colonic polyps. Polyps form when cells lining the colon grow, divide and reproduce in an unhealthy, disorderly way, producing a growth. These polyps can be cancerous, invading the colon wall and surrounding blood vessels, and spreading to other parts of the body. Colorectal cancer frequently begins without symptoms. The exact causes of colorectal cancer are unknown, but the disease appears to be caused by both inherited and lifestyle factors. Diets high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables – such as those that include red meat, fried foods and high-fat dairy products – may increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Lifestyle factors –such as cigarette smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity – also may increase the risk of developing the disease. Genetic factors may determine a person's susceptibility to the disease, whereas dietary and other lifestyle factors may determine which at-risk individuals actually go on to develop the disease.
- Who Is at risk of colorectal cancer?
Men and women aged 50 and older are at almost equal risk of developing colorectal cancer. Those who have a personal or family history of colorectal neoplasia (cancer or polyps) are at high risk of developing the disease. Anyone who has a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, is also at high risk. Although the incidence of colorectal cancer appears to be the same among all racial groups, survival rates seem to be lower for African-Americans.
What are the common colon cancer symptoms?
According to the National Cancer Institute, common signs and symptoms of colon cancer include: *A change in bowl habits *Diarrhea, constipation or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely *Blood in the stool *Stools that are narrower than usual *General abdominal discomfort (frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, and/or cramps) *Weight loss with no known reason *Constant tiredness *Vomiting.
What are steps for colon cancer prevention?
What if a fecal occult blood test is positive?