Screening tests

Ramsay offer a range of screening tests:

Bowel screening

Detecting bowel cancer early can give you a better chance of survival. One of the easiest ways to look for any abnormality is by examining a stool sample for blood. But Ramsay hospitals can also offer a number of other tests. A colonoscopy is particularly suitable for people with a family history of colorectal cancer who fear they may also be at risk. It involves a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end being inserted into your back passage. This enables the inside of the rectum and colon to be seen and any abnormalities spotted. If polyps are seen they can be cut away and sent for examination.

A CT or virtual colonoscopy is performed using a CT scanner to create an accurate picture of the inside and outside of the bowel. This is less invasive but if suspected abnormalities are seen, the patient may need further interventions to establish what they are.

Breast screening

Mammograms can provide your doctors with important information about your breasts and can pinpoint any changes in the breast tissue - often before you would notice any changes yourself. They are a detailed Xray picture of your breasts which will show up both cancers and deposits of calcium which can be an early indicator of breast cancer developing.

Mammograms are not very painful and only take a few minutes. Many women, especially those with a family history of breast cancer, have regular mammograms to spot any early changes in the breast tissue.

Cervical cancer screening

This involves taking a few cells from your cervix and then examining them to see if there are any pre-cancerous changes; it is also known as a smear test. If abnormalities are found, it does not mean you have cancer but your doctor may suggest treatment to remove them or, in some cases, more regular screening to check for further changes. Although many women find the screening procedure uncomfortable, it is an excellent way of identifying abnormalities which might go on to become cancer if left untreated. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent as many as 75 per cent of these cancers developing.

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Ramsay hospitals offers a range of screening and diagnostic procedures at a time convenient to you, and also offers treatment for some of the most common types of cancer. We offer the support of multi-disciplinary teams who will be working together to ensure you get the care which is right for you.

If you would like to discuss possible tests or treatment contact us.

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