Bowel/ Colon Screening

The Faecal Immunochemical Test checks for the presence of blood in a stool sample, or Faecal Occult Blood, which could be an early sign of bowel disease or cancer.

The risk of bowel cancer increases with age, with over 80% of bowel cancers arising in people who are 60 or over. Therefore, offering this form of screening to men and women at the age of 55 will play a significant role in identifying abnormalities at an early stage that could develop into bowel cancer if not detected. We encourage all eligible men and women to attend their bowel screening appointment when invited. 

For your information, the colon and rectum are part of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer occurs when tumors form in the lining of the large intestine. It is common in both men and women. The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50, however, it is possible at any age and also more likely to develop if you have colorectal polyps, a family history of colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, eat a diet high in fat, or smoke.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer include;

  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • A feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
  • Blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated
  • Weight loss with no known reason
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting

Well-Man/ Well Woman Health Checks
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Webpage icon Urinalysis
Webpage icon Prostate & Testicular Screening
Webpage icon Diabetes
Webpage icon Body Composition
Webpage icon Oxygen Saturation Monitoring
Webpage icon Atrial Fibrillation
Webpage icon Blood Pressure & Heart Rate