Bowel & Colon Screening
The risk of bowel cancer increases with age, with over 80% of bowel cancers arising in people who are 60 or over. Therefore, offering this form of screening to men and women at the age of 55 will play a significant role in identifying abnormalities at an early stage that could develop into bowel cancer if not detected.
We encourage all eligible men and women to attend their bowel screening appointment when invited.
ABowel & Colon Screening Information
The Faecal Immunochemical Test checks for the presence of blood in a stool sample, or Faecal Occult Blood, which could be an early sign of bowel disease or cancer.
As the risk of bowel cancer increases with age we test to identify abnormalities. The colon and rectum are part of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer occurs when tumors form in the lining of the large intestine. It is common in both men and women. The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50, however, it is possible at any age and also more likely to develop if you have colorectal polyps, a family history of colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, eat a diet high in fat, or smoke.
Symptoms of colorectal cancer include;
Diarrhoea or constipation
A feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
Blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
Stools that are narrower than usual
Frequent gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated
Weight loss with no known reason
Nausea or vomiting