Screening for bowel cancer has been proven to reduce deaths from bowel cancer, and internationally most developed countries now have screening programs. Several international guidelines state that regular colon cancer screening should begin at age 50 for people at average risk of colon cancer.*
At BMI The Blackheath Hospital we have a number of screening options. These are reviewed on a patient-by-patient basis, through a personal discussion with a specialist consultant. We will always take into account the patient’s circumstances, fitness and family history. An example of the screening methods that can take place at BMI The Blackheath Hospital are:
- Stool testing
- Virtual colonoscopy
The age at which screening should start depends largely on family history and the number and age of affected relatives.
What should I do next?
If you are over the age of 50 and due to be tested by NHS bowel cancer screen stool test, you should participate. However, if you:
- Are not eligible but you are worried about bowel cancer
- Have a family history of bowel cancer or polyps
- Are worried about any other abdominal or bowel problems
- Wish to undergo a colonoscopy or virtual colonoscopy as well as or instead of the stool test
Please contact BMI The Blackheath Hospital Bowel Cancer Screening Clinic on 020 8318 7722, to book an appointment to discuss these issues or any related concerns.Alternatively you can make an online here. You will be seen promptly to discuss the best treatment option for you.
* Lancet. 1996 Nov 30;348(9040):1472-7. Randomised controlled trial of faecal-occult-blood screening for colorectal cancer.
Hardcastle JD, Et al.