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Bowel cancer screening
Summary: Bowel cancer screening involves having tests to check if you have or are at risk of bowel cancer. Why it's offered Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime. Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat. It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps, which can turn into cancer over time. Types of screening test There are 2 types of test used in NHS bowel cancer screening: bowel scope screening – a test where a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end is used to look for and remove any polyps inside your bowel home testing kit (the FOB test) – a kit you use to collect small samples of your poo and post them to a laboratory so they can be checked for tiny amounts of blood (which could be caused by cancer) If these tests find anything unusual, you might be asked to have further tests to confirm or rule out cancer.
Language: English
Format: Online Resource
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Publisher: the NHS website

Last updated: 14/11/2018