What does your poo say about you?

This set of activities aims to show the general public how pathologists look for early signs of disease on the inside by testing what comes out! The four different activities give people the chance to find out what poo really is, and get hands-on with fake poo and ‘FOB’ test cards as way of understanding how the real ‘poo-in-the-post’ cards have been used to screen older people for early signs of bowel cancer. The final activity using magnetic sheets will demonstrate how a new more accurate ‘FIT’ test works, and how it is making bowel screening easier for both patients and health professionals.

Type of activity

Practical activities and discussion

Target audience

Secondary school with scope to modify for younger audiences

Pathology link

This activity focuses on clinical biochemistry.