What is Bowel Cancer Screening?
Bowel scope screening is a new test for people aged 55 where a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end is used to look inside your bowel.
It's done to look for and remove any small growths called polyps. These could eventually turn into cancer if they're not removed.
The test is also called a flexible sigmoidoscopy or "flexisig".
Polyps do not usually turn into cancer. But if some types of polyps (called adenomas) are not removed, there's a chance they may eventually become cancerous.
Doctors believe that most bowel cancers develop from adenoma polyps.
But very few polyps will turn into cancer, and it takes many years for this to happen.
Because of the risk of bowel polyps developing into cancer, your doctor will always recommend getting polyps treated.
If you have any of the symptoms noted below, please complete an eConsultation or call us on 01484 430386.
Home screening kits are available for patients aged 60 - 74. Please contact the surgery if you would like one.