EZ-Detect detects hidden blood in the stool, an early warning signal of colorectal cancer, ulcers, hemmorrhoids, polyps, colitis, diverticulitis, fissures (test pad placed in toilet, very convenient)
The purpose is to detect occult blood (blood not visible to the naked eye), which indicates bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Such bleeding may be a symptom of colorectal cancer.
No. This test is very user friendly, and requires no stool collection. The home test includes simple directions for preparing your results card.
The risk of colorectal cancer is higher among people over the age of 40. In addition, people in high-risk categories for colorectal cancer should take the test. These include:
Yes. Many cancers and polyps do not cause pain or other symptoms on the onset, but can be detected at an early stage by minute quantities of blood in the stool.
A positive test means that there may be bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Benign conditions such as polyps, hemorrhoids, rectal fissures, or even stomach ulcers can cause bleeding that would give a positive result. Most studies suggest that only 5 to 10 percent of those with positive test results will be diagnosed as having cancer. However, it is imperative that anyone with a positive test result see a physician as soon as possible to determine the cause of the bleeding.
Contact your family physician for an appointment.
Not necessarily. A negative test only means that there was no blood detected at that time. Blood in the stool may occur intermittently or not at all. This test is not a substitute for a regular physical and rectal examination by your physician.
Yes. Any visible blue-green color in the test area is considered a "positive" result. The whole test area does not have to turn blue-green to be considered a positive result.
To establish a physician baseline and to keep your doctor informed.
No. However, for two days before and during testing, try to eat vegetables, fruits and cereals.
Trace chemicals in the water might interfere with the test.
In some regions the water may contain substances that interfere with this test and could cause false positive results.
To protect the remaining pads from light and moisture.
If your last test tissue does not turn a blue-green color it may be because the powder did not dissolve properly. To dissolve the powder we suggest sprinkling the powder into the toilet bowl while it is filling up with clean water to avoid this problem. If you have any problems with the positive control portion of the test, please contact us and our customer service staff will be happy to assist you in any way.
If the cancer is found early and treated properly, more than 90 percent of patients survive five years or more. That's why taking this test is so important.
SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute
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