When should I get a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopies really should be done in people who have abnormal faecal occult blood testing, in those people where there’s a strong family history of colon cancer, particularly in young members of the family, or in people where there is a known abnormality, such as polyps in the colon, which need to be followed up on a regular basis. or a familial polyp condition.
Professor Michael Boyer is Medical Oncologist at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Last Reviewed: 01/10/2020
Faecal occult blood test
Faecal occult blood test is a chemical test that can detect tiny traces of blood in the stool that may indicate the presence of bowel cancer or a precancerous polyp.
Colonoscopy: examination of the colon
A colonoscopy is an examination of the colon (large bowel), using a colonoscope a long, thin, flexible tube containing a camera and a light.
Bowel cancer prevention
Find out about steps you can take to help avoid bowel cancer, or at least catch it early on when cure is still possible.
Bowel cancer - the second most common type of cancer affecting both men and women in Australia - is cancer that starts in the large bowel (colon) or rectum.
Bowel cancer diagnosis
Diagnosis of bowel cancer usually starts with an examination and tests.