Bowel cancer screening

Screening for Bowel and Colorectal cancer

HCA UK has the facilities and expertise to screen for and diagnose bowel cancer

What is bowel cancer?

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 are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Watch our video to find out more about the symptoms of bowel cancer and how it is diagnosed.

Need to know

  • What happens during your initial consultation? icon plus

    Your consultant will ask about your symptoms and whether you have a family history of bowel cancer.

    Screening can include:

    • 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.

    In each of the tests you'll not be given an anaesthetic. They may feel uncomfortable, but they are not painful.

  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • After your screening icon plus

    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.

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Specialists in diagnosing and managing bowel cancer include, gastroenterologists, GI surgeons and oncologists.

Our locations

From complex colorectal surgery to diagnostic tests, scans and procedures, we provide exceptional cancer care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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