Specialist expertise: Diagnostic and Screening Colonoscopy, Advanced Polypectomy, Gastroenterology, Bowel Cancer Screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastrointestinal Medicine.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. It is a cancer of the large intestine and forms in the lining of the bowel, occurring in both men and women, although more common in men. Risk of bowel cancer increases with age, with steep increases in people aged over 50.
Most cases of bowel cancer begin as small clusters of cells called polyps (non-cancerous growths) which form in the lining of the bowel. During a screening test a gastroenterologist is searching for these polyps which can usually be removed, to lower the risk of bowel cancer developing.
Survival rates are close to 100%, if the disease is spotted in the early stages. But this rate drops significantly as the disease develops. So, regular screening tests can help to prevent bowel cancer and save lives.