This procedure involves passing a small fibre optic camera through the anus to the end of the large colon and sometimes the terminal ileum, or the last part of the small bowel. The colonoscopy can be used to detect bowel cancer, colitis, or polyps, etc. Also, when polyps are detected, they are removed by diathermy.
These procedures are done under a deep sedation for the patient’s comfort.
According to the Cancer Council, bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia. If detected early and treated, the cure rate is approximately 90%.
To help diagnose bowel cancer early, consult us or your doctor if you have any of the following:
Blood in your bowel motions
If you have had constipation or diarrhoea lasting more than 2 weeks
If you have persisting stomach pain
If one or more of your close relatives have had bowel cancer
If you have had bowel polyps (small pre-cancer growths)
If you have had inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease