The BMI Blackheath Hospital Private Bowel Cancer Treatment Centre offers services to patients who live in Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley.
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.*
Private Bowel Cancer Treatment in Greenwich
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. Examples 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
Accessing private healthcare is easy, whether you choose to pay directly or use private medical insurance.
If you are paying for yourself, we can usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our easy payment options.
If you have insurance, we can arrange direct settlement with your insurance provider, although you should check in advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medical insurance page.
* Lancet. 1996 Nov 30;348(9040):1472-7. Randomised controlled trial of faecal-occult-blood screening for colorectal cancer.
Hardcastle JD, Et al.