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Colonoscopy Confidence – your common sense bowel check

Useful and important information from Bowel Cancer UK

Some people feel anxious or worried when they’re told they need a colonoscopy but it’s important to have this test if you’re referred.

If you’ve been asked by your doctor to have a colonoscopy it’s because they suspect something isn’t quite right about your bowel or colon, and they’d like a specialist to take a closer look.

Colonoscopy is a very common procedure – thousands are carried out across the UK every week.

They give endoscopists a close-up view of the inside of your bowel so they can clearly 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. But, 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’s really important that you attend – let’s keep your bowel in good health.

We have added some useful information below, including a factsheet and a video.

You can find much more information on the Bowel Cancer UK website: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/diagnosis/hospital-tests/going-for-a-colonoscopy/

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Your common sense bowel check factsheet

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