Why should I check for colon
As mentioned previously colon
Can just anyone get
The simple answer is yes just about anyone can have them in their bowel. The risks of having them are higher if someone in your family has already had them or has had bowel cancer but even if this is not the case everybody is at risk of developing colon
What then are the symptoms?
Generally they have no easily visible symptoms and often go completely unnoticed. People are simply not aware that they have a potential problem unless they have a procedure to specifically check for
What medical testsare there for
There are a number of different tests that can be made for
- Sigmoidoscopy, – This involves the insertion of special instrument containing a video camera with a light source into the rectum so that the doctor can actually look at the lower part the large intestine on a video screen.
- Colonoscopy- This is very similar to a sigmoidoscopy, except that the patient is sedated for the their comfort and it enables the doctor to see the entire large intestine.
- Barium enema- Here a special liquid called Barium is introduced to the large intestine by way of an enema and X-rays are taken of the lining of the large intestine to check for the presence of potential
- Faecal Occult Blood Test – This is a straightforward test that looks for even minute traces of blood in the stools. These tests can be carried by your doctor or even at home and are simple and painless.