The new FIT kit will begin its roll out soon with the aims to replace the current FOBt, but what does this actually mean for you?
The Fit Kit?
The FIT kit is the new at home testing kit which will be sent out to people across England to people aged 60 to 74 years old. The FIT will only require one sample, as opposed to the 6 required by FOBt, and is more sensitive with the ability to detect more cancers.
Why the change?
The new FIT kit has many advantages over the current FOBt which is in circulation. As stated previously, the FIT only needs one sample instead of six, making it a lot simpler and more straightforward to use. Hopefully, this will increase the rate of screening, which is currently below the government target. The FIT also detects more cancers, advanced adenomas in particular, along with fewer false positives.
How do I use the FIT?
Instructions will be sent along with your kit, but it can be broken down in to 4 easy steps:
1. Scrape the tip of the stick along the bowel motion.
2. Put the stick back into the bottle.
3. Click the bottle shut.
4. Put the used kit into the return freepost packaging and send for analysis.
What do I need to do?
Absolutely nothing. You will automatically be sent the kit when it is scheduled for you to do so. You simply need to complete the FIT as instructed and send it back. 😁
When I will get the results?
You will get the results within 2 weeks of the kit arriving for analysis.
What happens if it’s positive?
If an abnormal result is given then you will be offered an appointment to discuss a colonoscopy.
What if I want a kit and I’m over 74?
You can still request a kit if you're 75 and over by calling 0800 707 6060.
I have more questions.
You can call 0800 707 6060 to contact the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme or visit Public Health England’s page of FIT for more information.