Specialist expertise: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Luminal Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastroenterology, Bowel Cancer Screening, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Advanced Polypectomy, Capsule Endoscopy, Changes in Bowel Habit, Rectal Bleeding, Dyspepsia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Small Bowel Pathology.
The majority of bowel cancers develop from small growths on the bowel wall called polyps. These are initially benign and begin when a colonic cell develops a genetic mutation that is normally the result of environmental factors, such as diet, or alternatively may be inherited from birth. The chance of developing a polyp increases with age and becomes a significant risk around the age of 45 years. Once present, approximately 1 in 10 polyps we will continue to acquire further mutations and increase in size to eventually become a colon cancer, and this process takes approximately 10 years.