Colrectal polyp and cancer screening provided with fecal occult blood and calprotectin tests,
colon capsule endoscopy and colonoscopy with Propofol sedation.
Screening means looking for early signs of a particular disease in otherwise healthy people who do not have any symptoms and when treatment is likely to be curative. Colorectal cancer screening aims to detect colorectal cancer at an early stage when there is a good chance that treatment will cure the cancer. There are two methods of screening for colorectal cancer, both of them are constantly available in our private endoscopy center:
- A test to detect traces of blood in you faeces – the faecal occult blood (FOB) test.
- An examination of the inside of the bowel by a test called flexible colonoscopy (endoscopy).
Colorectal screening is advocated for all asymptomatic people above the age of 50, and above the age of 40 for those who have increased risk of CRC. Some people have a higher than normal risk of developing colorectal cancer. This is because some diseases cause an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Also, relatives of people with certain diseases have an increased risk of of developing colorectal cancer. Therefore, some people are offered regular screening tests, often from a young age. These groups of people offered screening tests include:
- People with certain inherited conditions, which include familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), and some other syndromes including Peutz-Jeghers syndrome and juvenile polyposis syndrome. These conditions are very rare.
- Close relatives of people with with FAP or HNPCC.
- People with a strong family history of first-degree relatives (mother, father, brother, sister, child) who have had colorectal cancer. In particular, if the cancer developed in a close relative under the age of 45 years.
- People with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease affecting the colon or rectum.
- People with acromegaly.
- People who have had one or more colonic polyps removed.
- People who have had colorectal cancer in the past.