A colonoscopy is when a flexible tube is inserted into the anus to view the inside of the large bowel. It helps diagnose or treat potentially harmful medical conditions.
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem with the lower part of your large bowel.
Upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy
An upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem with your digestive system.
An endoscopy is a procedure that gives your doctor a direct view of your body’s internal organs. Learn about the procedure and how to prepare for it.
Bowel cancer diagnosis
Bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs. Find out how bowel cancer is diagnosed.
Fasting for medical tests
For some medical tests, fasting may be required for a period of time before a test. Learn more about different tests and when fasting may be necessary.
Bowel cancer screening
Bowel cancer screening is important for early detection. A national screening process is in place called the faecal occult blood test (FOBT).
Lynch syndrome, formerly known as HNPCC, is a genetic condition that increases the risk of a person developing some cancers, such as bowel cancer. Learn more here.
Bowel cancer prevention
It is believed that eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly could prevent 66-75% of bowel cancer cases. Find out about bowel cancer prevention.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes painful swelling and redness inside the digestive tract.