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You may feel frightened if you’re told you have an abnormal bowel screening result. You may immediately think you have cancer.
It's important to remember that most people who have an abnormal FOB test result will not be found to have bowel cancer|. For every 10 people with an abnormal result who are offered a colonoscopy, just one will actually have bowel cancer.
Understandably, you may find screening for bowel cancer embarrassing. Collecting the samples in the privacy of your own home will hopefully make it easier and less embarrassing for you.
If you feel that you need support, you can contact our cancer support specialists|.
Content last reviewed: 1 January 2013
Next planned review: 2015
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