About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year.
Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective. Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.
Southdowns Private Healthcare offers a comprehensive Bowel Cancer Screening service. Our service includes the following:
blood tests (including tumor markers for bowel cancer) ,
stool test (look for microscopic traces of blood) ,
and finally flexible sigmoidoscopy.
This final test has been much talked about in the press recently, as a “miracle” cure for bowel cancer. Actually this test has been around for decades, and known to be a very effective and safe way of excluding lower bowel cancers.
Private Health screening offers a quick and efficient way of giving you peace of mind, and we recommend this to all our clients aged 45 and over.
The views expressed in this blog are those of Dr Abu-Talib Chinwala BM MRCGP and not of any organisation he works for