Who should take the test?
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. A too fat diet as well as a low-fat diet increase the risk of getting this insidious disease as it requires a higher redicence time of the stool in the intestine til constipation. As a result, harmful substances accumulate in the intestine and promote the development of cancer. Similarly, a genetic predisposition can increase the risk of getting colorectal cancer.
Bleeding polyps and carcinomas cause Hemoglobin to enter the stool. Usually Hemoglobin is bound to the serum protein Haptoglobin. Recent findings show that Hemoglobin is degraded slowlier during intestinal bleeding if it is bound to Haptoglobin – a higher concentration of the Hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex can then be detected in the stool. In this way, the test detects a higher number of advanced polyps (benign precursors) than the pure Hemoglobin test. Since colon cancer usually develops from polyps and these grow over many years, the test provides early detection. If blood is detected in the stool during the examination, colonoscopy can be used to remove the polyp in most cases, resulting in healing.
The test analyzes the values of the following analytes:
- Hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex
Our Hemoglobin-haptoglobin stool test measures the Hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex concentration in your stool and thus helps you to detect the development of colon cancer at an early stage.
How does it work?
You collect the samples at home, send them back to us and we will provide you with your level of each analyte and whether your level falls within the reference ranges for your age. In addition to that, the results include graphs showing whether your are in the “green” (=normal/healthy) or “red” (=too high/low) area, making it easy to understand the results.
What will my results tell me?
Your results will provide detailed information about whether your Hemoglobin-haptoglobin complex levels are normal, low, or high compared to reference ranges in your age group. You can then discuss the results with your doctor or health practitioner, who can give you further guidance and treatment recommendations.
What guidance will I get along with my results?
We always recommend the discussion of the mailed results with your doctor or practitioner. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories, under “health conditions” and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by phone at +44 (0)20 3286 6316 or mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.