Who the Jersey bowel cancer screening programme is for
The Jersey bowel cancer screening programme is offered to men and women in Jersey.
The new bowel screening programme begins in Autumn 2021. Initially it will be offered to people born in 1960.
The programme will then be extended to a wider age group.
About the screening
In Jersey we offer the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
The Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a free home bowel screening test. This test looks for tiny amounts of blood in your stool (poo) that you might not be able to see.
Blood may be a sign of polyps or bowel cancer. Polyps are growths in the bowel. They are not cancer but may become cancerous over time, if not removed.
The FIT test involves collecting a small sample of stool (poo) with the collection kit. This is done in your own home. The kit is then posted to the laboratory using a pre-paid envelope.
The sample is analysed to see if there is any blood in it.
If you need more information email the Bowel Screening Team or call +44 (0) 1534 444376
Using the FIT kit
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Write the date of your sample on the label on the sample tube.
Use a container or layers of toilet paper to catch your poo.
Do not let your poo touch the toilet water
Scrape the surface of your poo to cover the grooves on the end of the stick as shown.
Don't add too much!
Push the lid closed with a 'click'. Flush the toilet paper and wash your hands'.
Make sure you have written the date on your sample. Put the sample tube into the envelope provided and seal.
Post your sample back within two weeks of the date on your letter.
You should receive a results letter within 3 weeks of sending in your sample. There are 2 possible outcomes
No further tests needed at this time
Most people have a normal result. It means that we did not find any blood in your sample, or only a tiny amount which is within the screening range. We will offer you bowel cancer screening again in 2 years time.
Further tests needed
A positive result means blood was found in your stool (poo). It does not necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer, but we will need to find out where the blood is coming from.
You will be offered an appointment with a Specialist Nurse to talk about having another test called a colonoscopy to look for the cause.
A colonoscopy involves passing a thin flexible tube (with a camera on the end) into the bowel . This is done in the hospital endoscopy unit. This test checks the inside of your bowel for pre-cancerous polyps and cancer.
No bowel screening test is 100% effective. A normal result doesn't mean that you definitely don't have, or will never develop bowel cancer in the future. Being aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and reducing your risk is very important.
If you have concerns about unusual bowel symptoms, visit your GP.