Bowel cancer screening

London Digestive Health has access to the latest bowel cancer screening technologies, offering patients the very best in diagnostic testing, as well as the full range of treatment options.


As part of your screening you will also be asked a set of questions, including if you have a family history of bowel cancer, followed by tests your consultant may undertake such as a sigmoidoscopy.

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a common form of cancer. Screening aims to detect the cancer at a very early stage, even before you start to display symptoms. Early detection means treatment is likely to be far more effective.

What happens during bowel cancer screening?

Your consultant will ask about any symptoms you may have. They’ll also ask whether you have a family history of bowel cancer.


Screening can include the following tests:

A physical examination of your tummy and the inside of your bottom by your consultant.
The insertion of a very small camera up your bottom in order to view your colon on a monitor.
Taking a small sample from inside your colon for tests.
The inspection of your bowel using a slighter longer camera than the one used for your colon.
A scan of your bowel and rectum.

These tests may feel uncomfortable, but they are not painful. Your bowel will need to be empty before any screening tests are carried out. You may be asked to eat a special diet and take a laxative to make you go to the toilet before you visit your consultant.


Screening should take no more than an hour to complete and you’ll be able to go home afterwards. Your consultant will advise on the test results and advise of any next steps.

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If you have any questions about London Digestive Health, you can get in touch with us by phone or email. We'll be happy to answer any questions and can also help you book an appointment.



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