Colonoscopy Confidence – your common sense bowel check

January 18, 2022

We know 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.

That’s why Bowel Cancer UK have launched the Colonoscopy Confidence campaign to explain what a colonoscopy is, why itmatters and encourage people to attend their appointment.

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. 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 – over 20,000 are carried out across the UK every year.

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.

“The procedure was very straight forward, well-organised, painless. everybody was so nice. I just couldn’t fault it.” Matthew, Colonoscopy patient

Of all the colonoscopies taking place in the UK, only one in 10 people have bowel cancer. And importantly, when bowel cancer is detected at its earliest stage nearly everybody is treated successfully.

“Without a colonoscopy I wouldn’t be here today.” Bridget, Colonoscopy patient

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. 

For more information visit: Bowel Cancer UK Colonoscopy confidence