ColoAlert
Colorectal Cancer Screening

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What is the ColoAlert Bowel Cancer stool test?

ColoAlert® makes Bowel Cancer screening simple, fast, and precise.

In the UK you don't qualify for the NHS bowel cancer 'FIT' test until you're 60, but 10% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in the under 50's**, and 73% are diagnosed at later stage ** (under 50's).

ColoAlert® is an award-winning next-generation colorectal cancer home screening test developed to detect changes in the bowel earlier and more accurately than the standard 'FIT' test and testing is recommended every three years from the age of 45.

The test combines the conventional FIT test with advanced German engineered sDNA technology (stool DNA) to detect blood (FIT test) and mutated DNA (sDNA) for the early detection of Bowel Cancer (Colorectal Cancer) before any symptoms or bleeding may occur. This offers better early detection than fecal occult blood tests alone. Bowel cancer can be cured if detected early. ColoAlert detects 85 % of colorectal cancer cases and often in very early stages of the disease.****

The most common symptoms of colorectal cancer are:

  • a change in bowel habit and frequency
  • diarrhea
  • spasmodic abdominal pain
  • blood in the stool
  • chronic constipation.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the ColoAlert test can help to rule out bowel cancer and provide you with peace of mind.

*Cancer Research UK (2016) cruk.org/cancerstats
**Colorectal Cancer Alliance(USA), Colorectal cancer doesn't care how old you are. https://www.ccalliance.org/about/never-too-young/know-the-facts
**** Dollinger MM et al. (2018), ClinLab 64(10), 1719-1730. Gies et al. (2018). Gastroenterology 154(1), 93-104. Cooper GS et al. (2018). Dig Dis Sci. 63(6), 1449-1453.**** Dollin

What's the difference between our BASIC and PLUS tests? Click here to find out more.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations made after the test have been sent out in the post are subject to a £25 admin fee.

5 minute
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Why should I get screened for Bowel Cancer? 

Bowel cancer is the 4th biggest Cancer is the UK with 42,000 new cases/year

It's the 2nd biggest cause of death in the UK with 16,300 deaths/year

Men and women aged 60 to 74 who are registered with a GP in England are automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit (FIT test) every 2 years.

The uptake of screening is poor leading to late diagnosis and poor prognosis

10% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in the under 50's** and 73% are diagnosed at later stage ** (over 50's)

It is recommended that the ColoAlert test is done from the age of 45 every three years

Are there different types of ColoAlert tests?  

Yes - there are two tests available. The ColoAlert Basic and the ColoAlert Plus.

ColoAlert Basic Test

The ColoAlert Basic Test is an at home Bowel Cancer Screening Test to detect DNA changes AND blood in the stool which may indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the bowel. It is available for £349.

Collection method:

  • Stool sample

Accuracy:

  • Sensitivity >90%
  • Specificity >95%

Laboratory Processing time:

9 days

ColoAlert Plus Test

The ColoAlert Plus Test is an at-home Bowel Cancer Screening Test to detect DNA changes AND blood in the stool. which may indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the bowel. This difference with this test is that it also counts abnormal quantities of Bowel Cancer cells present in the stools sample h(DNA). Bowel cancer patients have a larger quantity of cells in their bowels indicating cancer. This test is available for £399.

Collection method:

  • Stool sample

Accuracy:

  • Sensitivity >90%
  • Specificity >95%

Laboratory Processing time:

5 days

 

How do I use the ColoAlert test?

The first thing to understand is, it's really not as bad as you think. You can do this!
There's no need to be squeamish. It's straightforward, takes only five minutes and could save your life.

 

STEP 1 - Firstly, line the water at the bottom of your toilet bowl with paper. This is to "catch" your poo before it hits the water.

STEP 2 - Secondly, take the "cocktail stick" supplied with your ColoAlert test pack and collect a small sample of your stool. You only need a very small amount.

STEP 3 - Thirdly, immediately, place it in your "cocktail stick" "test tube", screw it shut tightly, mark it up with your details and that's it. All done and you can get on with your day!

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Why use ColoAlert?

ColoAlert® is a non-invasive screening test that is superior to the FIT test in terms of sensitivity. It is currently the only stool DNA testing kit for colorectal cancer screening via the direct detection of mutated tumour DNA in Europe.

The colon mucosa continuously sheds cells, which get passed into the stool. In case of colorectal cancer, unhealthy cells will equally be shed into stool, along with normal healthy cells. ColoAlert® in principle can detect those unhealthy cancer DNA cells early, in some cases even before any abnormal cell growths can be endoscopically detected through a bowel scope and long before any symptoms (such as bleeding) may appear.It is therefore an excellent option for patients who do not wish to undergo a bowel scope without cause.

Colorectal cancer can also release blood into the stool, which is detectable by the FIT test. However, blood in the stool may also be caused by other health conditions such as inflammation, haemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Furthermore, not all bowel cancer polyps, especially in early stages and right-sided ones, will have blood shedding in the stool. The following table presents an overview and comparison of the three main colorectal screening methods available in the UK.

Features Colonoscopy FIT ColoAlert
NHS ✔ ✔ X
Private ✔ ✔ ✔
3 DNA biomarkers X X ✔
Occult blood detection X ✔ ✔
Non-invasive X ✔ ✔
At home test X ✔ ✔
Detection limit > 5mm size bleeding none
Recommended screening interval One time
55 - 59 yrs
2 years
60+ yrs
3 years
45 yrs
Sensitivity ~95% 63 - 69% 90%
Specificity 100% > 95% 95%

How does ColoAlert work?

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Order a ColoAlert test

You can order your ColoAlert home testing kit online from this page by - or by phoning us on 03300 584455.

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Your ColoAlert Test

Your ColoAlert test kit will arrive in the post containing 2 tubes and instructions on how to use. The test takes just 5 minutes.

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 ColoAlert Collection

A courier will collect your sample which you will have put into the secure, prepaid envelope provided with your kit.

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Your Results

Your results are prepared in our specialist ColoAlert laboratory and will be ready in 5 to 9 days. You'll be notified of your results via a password protected email.

Excellent from start to finish. All staff were friendly and professional. My doctor was particularly helpful. Would highly recommend to anyone seeking a quick and effective service!

- Keanu

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What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal (bowel) cancer is a general term for cancers that are located in the areas of the colon (colon cancer) and the rectum (rectal cancer). It is the 4th most common cancer in the UK after breast, prostate and lung cancer and responsible for over 42,000 new cases in the UK per year, of which 56 % were in men and 44 % in women, accounting for 12 % of all new cancer cases.

The table overview shows the mortality for common cancers, broken down by sex.

What are the symptoms of Colorectal cancer?

The most common symptoms of colorectal cancer are:

  • change in bowel habit and frequency
  • diarrhoea
  • spasmodic abdominal pain
  • blood in stool
  • chronic constipation

However, the symptoms of colorectal cancer are usually very vague, non-specific and can be from different diseases. Furthermore, these symptoms usually appear only in the later stages of the disease and many people with early stage colorectal cancer may not have any symptoms at all. Therefore, it is difficult to diagnose colorectal cancer based on symptoms alone and screening is vital in providing more accurate diagnosis and management.

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Why Choose Pall Mall?

  • We’re a family-run private healthcare provider focussed on delivering healthcare services that meet patients’ needs and help them to thrive and live longer, healthier, happier lives.

  • We’re proud to work with some of the most experienced surgeons, doctors and consultants. With our team beside you, you can be confident that you'll receive the best possible care.

  • We have no waiting lists at our clinics and we can usually book you in for a same-day appointment. We’re also open late nights and at weekends, so you can book an appointment at a time to suit you.

  • We offer a range of medical finance options on over 70 services. This means you can spread the costs over months and even years if you need to.

  • We have three clinics located in the heart of the North West – Liverpool and Manchester city centre and Newton-le-Willows. Our private hospital is located at our Newton-Le-Willows site.

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