This relatively new screening test uses flexible sigmoidoscopy – a procedure that examines the rectum and lower colon – to find and remove small bowel growths, called polyps, that could eventually turn into cancer. During the bowel scope procedure, any polyps found can usually be removed straight away.
The NHS are implementing a one-off bowel scope screening test across England for men and women at the age of 55. They will complete implementation over the next few years and it should save up to 3,000 lives per year.
A new film uses simple language and pictures to explain this new test in areas where bowel scope screening has been implemented. The film is aimed specifically at people with learning disabilities and their carers but can be used by everyone to help ensure equal access to screening.