Your doctor may ask you to have a colonoscopy because they suspect something isn’t quite right about your bowel or colon and they’d like a specialist to take a closer look. The procedure involves an endoscopist putting a thin flexible tube with a camera on the end up your bottom so they can see the inside of your bowel.
Colonoscopy is a very common procedure - thousands are carried out across the UK every week. Colonoscopies give endoscopists a close-up view of the inside of your bowel so they can see if there’s anything wrong. A colonoscopy can feel a little uncomfortable but it’s an important part of maintaining good all-round health.
Most people who have a colonoscopy won’t have bowel cancer. However, if bowel cancer is detected at its earliest stage nearly everybody is treated successfully. That’s why if you have an appointment for a colonoscopy, it is really important that you attend. Keep your bowel in good health!
For more information visit www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/colonoscopyconfidence