NS Cancer Services
Screening Kit FAQ

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR KIT?

You can still do this even if you are already being screened. 
You can do this test any time at your convenience.  Some people may not be able to do it right away.  That is ok. 
This is your kit and is not intended for anyone else.  Please do not give the kit to someone else.

Completing the kit is easy:

There are NO dietary restrictions.  Eat and drink normally.
Only a small stool sample on two days is needed.  If you are not regular it is ok to skip a day or two between the two samples.

DAY 1

Take one collection card from the kit envelope.
Write the date you are collecting the sample on the front of the card.
Unfold the card and apply the sample to the inside of the card:

•Collect stool using a clean dry container or plate (don’t let the stool touch the water in the toilet bowl) OR…
Unfold the tissue paper and place it on top of the water in the toilet bowl.  Have bowel movement on top of tissue paper

•Use wooden stick to take a tiny sample from one part of the stool

•Apply the tiny sample to the top half of the collection card. 

•With the same stick take another tiny sample from a different part of the same stool.

•Apply the tiny sample to the bottom half of the same collection card.

•Smear the top and bottom samples together.

•Close flap and set aside to air dry overnight.

•Throw the stick and the container in the garbage and flush the remaining stool.


DAY 2

Take the second collection card from the envelope.
Write the date you are collecting the sample on the front of the card.
Unfold the card and apply the sample to the inside of the card.

•Follow the same instructions as the previous day.

Ready to mail:

Insert both collection cards in the barrier pouch.

Mail the barrier pouch and the participant form in the return envelope to the lab within 10 days of the first collection date.

The lab will NOT process your kit if:

•the stool sample is too old. (not mailed back in enough time)
•the stool is not applied to the proper place on the card. (unfold the card and put it on the inside)
•if you forget or put the wrong collection date on the collection card.

A letter with your test results will be mailed to you and your doctor (if you indicated one).

Call 1-866-599-2267 if you have any questions about the instructions or the program.

Your feedback is welcome.