How rectal cancer is diagnosed

Bowel screening

Bowel screening helps cancer to be spotted early, which is when treatment can be most successful. Find out when you will be invited to take part and what this might involve.

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    The bowel

    The bowel is part of our digestive system and is made up of the small bowel and the large bowel.

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    What is bowel cancer screening?

    Bowel screening can find bowel cancer at a very early stage, when it has the best chance of being treated.

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    What to do with your FOB test kit

    This test checks bowel motions for tiny amount of ‘hidden blood’. It is not a test for cancer, but can indicate whether further tests are needed to examine the bowel.

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    Getting your FOB test results

    Waiting for your FOB test results can be an anxious time. You should get them back within two weeks.

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    Your feelings about bowel screening

    People react differently to their bowel screening results. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

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    A colonoscopy is a way of examining the lining of the bowel from the inside.

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    CT colonography

    This test uses a CT scanner to create a picture of the bowel.

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    Barium enema

    This is a special x-ray of the large bowel.

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    Common questions about bowel screening

    You may have lots of questions about bowel screening. You can ask your GP if you’re unsure of anything.