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Bowel Cancer Screening

at Princess Alexandra Hospital

We offer bowel cancer screening and diagnostic services as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

The first step in bowel cancer screening is a test called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), which is used to collect samples of bowel motions. These are analysed to detect tiny traces of blood, invisible to the naked eye. The results of this test will indicate whether a further test in hospital (usually a colonoscopy) is needed to rule out bowel cancer.

If you need to come to hospital for a colonoscopy, you will firstly have an appointment with a senior gastroenterology nurse who will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. Your nurse will schedule you in for your procedure and then send you an appointment letter and an information pack.

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Last updated 8 February 2017
Last reviewed 27 October 2016

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