There is a window of opportunity when a bowel polyp can be safely and effectively removed to avoid cancer
Polyps are removed during a procedure called a “colonoscopy”. This procedure can be done as at a Day Surgery facility
To detect bowel polyps your doctor may suggest a “Faecal Occult Blood Test” (a test for blood in the stool). These tests however miss up to 33% of polyps.
The most effective way of finding bowel polyps is with a colonoscopy. It is the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening. Experienced colonoscopists miss less than 5% of polyps.
The aim of a screening colonoscopy is to detect and remove pre-cancerous benign polyps. Screening should be done before any symptoms develop.
Colorectal cancer screening is important for everyone but it is particularly important if you have an increased risk because of a family history of bowel cancer, a past personal history of bowel cancer, or ulcerative colitis.
Our specialist team are devoted exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.