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Understanding Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. By getting screened, you have the power to significantly reduce the odds of colon cancer impacting you and your family.

You Have the Power to Prevent Colon Cancer

When colon cancer is found and removed before spreading, the chance of long-term remission is fantastic. Around 90% of patients survive beyond 5 years! If the cancer has spread outside the colon, the chance of living beyond 5 years drops to only about 15%.

What Can You Do to Prevent Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer can take as long as 10 to 15 years to develop, giving you plenty of time to act. Discussing a screening plan with your doctor that's tailored to your needs is vital. It could save your life.

Did You Know

Routine screening is key to preventing colon cancer deaths

An estimated 60% of colon cancer deaths are preventable if everyone follows screening guidelines.

Colon cancer screening is recommended for everyone between the ages of 45 and 75—even if you don’t have symptoms.

People with early colon cancer may not have any symptoms. This is why routine screening is so important.

Screening tests can detect early cancer or precancerous changes long before these cause symptoms and while they are still easy to treat. Increased screening resulted in a 53% drop in colon cancer deaths from 1980 to 2017.

Collecting Your FIT Sample: Step-by-step Guide

Read Instructions

Carefully follow the guidelines provided in your kit. These steps will help guide you through the collection process. For any questions, feel free to contact our Member Support Team at 312-715-7101 (TTY: 711). Our team is available Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, except holidays.

Prepare Your Kit

Check the expiration date printed on the kit's exterior to ensure it's still valid. You don't need to restrict any foods or medications before collecting the sample

Important Guidelines

  • Do not collect a sample if you have bleeding hemorrhoids.
  • Avoid collection if you notice blood in your urine. Contact your healthcare provider in that case.
  • If assigned female at birth, avoid collection within 3 days of vaginal bleeding.

Step 1: Paperwork

Fill out the patient information card. Include your name, collection date, and date of birth. Affix the provided label onto the biohazard bag.

Step 2: Deposit the Stool Sample

Unfold the collection paper and place it inside the toilet bowl. Deposit the stool on the paper.

Step 3: Open the Collection Tube

Remove the green cap from the collection tube. Ensure the fluid inside remains intact.

Step 4: Scrape the Stool

Use the probe to gently scrape the stool's surface, covering the entire grooved area with the sample.

Step 5: Insert the Probe into the Tube

Securely close the green cap on the collection tube. Ensure it snaps into place.

Step 6: Dispose of the Collection Paper

The paper is biodegradable and safe for flushing.

Returning the Sample

  • Confirm your details are correctly written on the ID sticker.
  • Wrap the absorbent pad around the closed collection tube. Place both in the biohazard bag, and seal it securely.
  • Place the sealed biohazard bag in the return mailer. Seal the mailer, and drop it into any U.S. Post Office mailbox.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)?

FIT is a non-invasive, easy-to-use test. It checks for hidden blood in your stool, which can be an early sign of colorectal cancer or precancerous polyps.

Why should I use an at-home FIT test for colon cancer screening?

An at-home FIT test provides a convenient way to screen for colorectal cancer without needing a hospital or clinic visit. It’s an effective early detection tool for people at average risk.

How often should I take the FIT test?

It’s generally recommended to take the test annually. However, consult your healthcare provider for guidance based on your individual risk factors.

How do I collect my sample with the FIT test?

The collection kit includes detailed instructions. Usually, you will use a brush or stick to collect a small stool sample. Place it in the provided container or card and seal it.

How do I return the sample?

Follow the instructions provided in the kit. Some kits include prepaid envelopes to mail the sample to a laboratory. Others require drop-off at your healthcare provider.

How long does it take to receive results?

You can typically expect to receive your results within one to two weeks after mailing your sample.

What should I do if my FIT test results are positive?

A positive result means blood was detected in your stool. It's crucial to consult your healthcare provider for further evaluation and potential follow-up tests, such as a colonoscopy.

Can dietary or medication changes affect the results?

Unlike other tests, FIT is not affected by your diet or medications. However, follow the kit instructions carefully for the most accurate results.

Does insurance cover at-home FIT tests?

Many insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening tests, including FIT. Check with your insurance provider or healthcare professional to confirm your coverage.

Who should consider an at-home FIT test?

This test is recommended for adults aged 45 and older who are at average risk for colorectal cancer. Those with higher risk should consult their healthcare provider for tailored screening recommendations.

What is an HbA1c Test?

The HbA1c test, also known as the glycated hemoglobin test or A1c test, is a blood test that provides an overview of your average blood sugar levels over the past two to three months. This valuable measure helps healthcare professionals assess how well diabetes is being managed or determine your risk for developing diabetes.

Why is it Important?

Long-Term Blood Sugar Control

The HbA1c test is crucial for understanding your long-term blood sugar control. Unlike daily blood glucose readings that vary throughout the day, HbA1c gives a more comprehensive picture.

Diabetes Management

For those already diagnosed with diabetes, the HbA1c test helps monitor how effective your treatment plan is and if adjustments are needed to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Early Detection

The HbA1c test can identify prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes early. This can help you make lifestyle changes or start treatment before complications arise.

Risk Reduction

By managing blood sugar levels effectively, individuals can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications such as heart disease, kidney damage, and nerve damage.

How Does the HbA1c Test Work?

The test measures the percentage of hemoglobin in your blood that has glucose attached to it. Since red blood cells typically live for about three months, the test provides an average blood sugar level during this timeframe.

Who Should Take the Test?

Individuals with diabetes who need regular monitoring

Those with a family history of diabetes or who are overweight

Anyone over 45 years of age. Or those under 45 with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other risk factors

Get Tested with Confidence

At SNT Biotech, we are committed to providing convenient and accurate at-home screening solutions. Our HbA1c test kit offers a simple, reliable way to monitor your health and take control of your future. Order today to begin your journey toward better diabetes management.

Sample Collection Instructions

Important Preparation

  • This test requires several large drops of blood from your finger.
  • Carefully read all instructions before collecting your sample.
  • Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before pricking your finger.

Step 1: Complete Your Paperwork

  • Fill out the label.
  • Peel the label from the patient info card and stick it onto the sample pouch.
  • Retain the wallet card until you receive your results.

Step 2: Warm Your Hands

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and very warm water.
  • Rub them together for 15 seconds to stimulate blood flow.
  • Massage your hand from the wrist to the fingertip to push blood to the end of your finger. This makes sample collection easier.

Step 3: Choose Your Finger

Find a spot on the soft side of your fingertip.

Step 4: Prep Your Space

  • Open the bandage and gauze pad.
  • Remove the cap from the lancet.

Step 5: Use the Lancet

  • Place the lancet on a flat surface with the red tip facing up.
  • Firmly press your finger against the red top until it clicks.

Step 6: Collect the Blood Sample

  • Squeeze drops of blood into the collection well. Waiting for the square window to turn red.
  • Firmly wipe the puncture site with the gauze pad to maintain blood flow. Apply firm pressure to release any clotted blood.
  • If the square window does not turn red, use the second lancet.

Step 6: Apply the Bandage

  • Once the square is red, place the bandage on your finger.
  • Dispose of the lancets in your wastebasket.

Return Instructions

Dry and package your sample

  • Confirm that your details are accurately written on the ID sticker.
  • Wrap the absorbent pad around the closed collection tube. Place both items in the biohazard bag, and securely seal it.
  • Place the sealed biohazard bag inside the return mailer. Seal the mailer, and drop it into any U.S. Post Office mailbox.
  • Put the sealed sample pouch inside the prepaid return mailer and seal the mailer.

Mail the Sample Promptly

  • Important: Your blood sample is perishable. Mail it on the same day that you collect it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an HbA1c test, and how does it differ from daily blood glucose tests?

The HbA1c test measures your average blood sugar level over the past two to three months. It reflects the percentage of hemoglobin in your blood that has glucose attached to it. Unlike daily blood glucose tests, which show a snapshot of your blood sugar level at a specific moment, HbA1c provides a more comprehensive view of your long-term blood sugar control.

Why should I use an at-home HbA1c test instead of visiting a clinic?

At-home tests provide convenience and privacy. They allow you to monitor your health from the comfort of your home without scheduling clinic appointments or taking time off work. They're especially useful for those who need to regularly track their blood sugar but prefer not to go to a clinic for each test.

How accurate is an at-home HbA1c test?

Our at-home HbA1c test uses advanced laboratory technology to ensure accuracy and reliability. Once you send your sample to the lab, certified professionals analyze it. They provide results comparable to those you would receive from a clinic.

How do I collect a blood sample at home?

Our test kit includes everything you need for easy blood collection. This include a lancet, a collection card, and step-by-step instructions. The process involves a small finger prick to collect a few drops of blood. Once collected, you'll securely mail your sample to our lab for analysis.

How long does it take to receive my results?

After your sample reaches our lab, it typically takes a few days to process. You'll receive an email notification once your results are ready, along with guidance on how to interpret them and what steps to take next.

How frequently should I check my HbA1c levels?

Healthcare professionals generally recommend testing every 3-6 months if you have diabetes or prediabetes. For those without diabetes or other risk factors, annual testing may be sufficient. It's best to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice.

Can this test diagnose diabetes or prediabetes?

While an HbA1c test can indicate elevated blood sugar levels associated with diabetes or prediabetes, it should not be used as the sole diagnostic tool. If your results suggest abnormal blood sugar levels, consult your healthcare provider for further testing and diagnosis.

Do I need to fast before taking the test?

No, fasting is not required for the HbA1c test. You can take the test at any time of day, regardless of when you last ate.

What should I do if my results are abnormal?

If your results indicate high HbA1c levels, it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance on lifestyle changes, treatment plans, or further testing to help manage your blood sugar levels effectively.

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