Bowel Cancer Screening
Bowel Cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK. If detected early before symptoms arise, treatment is more likely to be successful. Bowel Cancer Risk increases with age. Screening from 50 every 2 years could save your life.
The London General Practice offers Bowel Screening services for men and women of any age, some of which are not routinely available or easy to access on the NHS. We are able to guide our patients to access an excellent range of diagnostic and analytical facilities designed to detect bowel cancer early, ensuring fast-track results and reporting, usually with same-day results.
What happens when you book your Bowel screen at The London General Practice?
Your bowel cancer screen will be tailored to your personal health background so we make sure that any concerns you may have are answered, whilst at the same time ensuring that your screen is bespoke to your needs and requirements.
The session includes:
30 minutes with one of our experienced Practice Nurses who will carry out a series of base-line checks on your health including taking bloods to test for:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Haemoglobin (anaemia)
- Blood sugar levels (diabetes)
- Kidneys and liver function
This is then followed by a 45-minute consultation with a doctor to discuss your personal health history, and family or genetic pre-dispositions and any other health concerns, plus an examination.
Depending on the outcome of this consultation, and potentially your blood or genetic tests, the diagnostic examination options include:
- Faecal immunochemical test (FIT) or Faecal occult blood test (FOBT)
- CT Colonoscopy, or virtual colonoscopy
- Colonoscopy / endoscopist
And the Doctor will discuss the benefits of each with you. Once complete you will receive from the Doctor a complete report on your health.
Screening is a way of testing healthy people to see if they show early signs of cancer, when there is a good chance of successful treatment. If bowel cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than nine in ten people will be successfully treated. Screening can also find non-cancerous growths (polyps) in the bowel that may develop into cancer in the future. Removing these polyps can reduce your risk of getting bowel cancer.
Faecal immunochemical test (FIT) or Faecal occult blood test (FOBT): Both of these tests looks for tiny traces of blood in a stool sample.
CT Colonoscopy, or virtual colonoscopy: This is when your bowel is imaged using a CT scanner after a contrast agent is placed in the bowel.
Bowel scope screening: This test involves an endoscopist using a flexible tube called a colonoscope with a light and a camera at one end to examine the bowel and take samples where needed.
Bowel cancer when detected early is curable. The treatment schedule would depend on each individual case, but may comprise surgery with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Even cases of advanced bowel cancer, where the cancer cells may have spread beyond the bowel, can be treated through a variety of novel techniques.