Patients & Visitors


Post-Procedure Advice


Colonoscopy – sigmoidoscopy

ERCP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)


Pancreatic cyst

Using a phosphate enema

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I have received a letter stating I no longer need colon polyp surveillance. Where can I find out more?
    Please take a look at the Colon Polyp Advice provided by the British Society of Gastroenterology.

  2. I am concerned about bowel cancer, where can I learn more about the available screening?
    Please take a look at the information on Bowel cancer screening provided by
    'Patient UK', the national NHS information site

  3. I am concerned I may have an increased risk of bowel cancer due to my family history.

    Some people have an increased risk of colorectal cancer if they have close relatives who have developed colorectal cancer. This risk is given as detailed below as it varies between families. The recommendations for further investigations in the different groups may vary throughout the country. You should talk with your doctor if you have members of your family who have had colorectal cancer; sometimes they may refer you to the local genetics service that will send you a family history questionnaire and if necessary discuss your family history with you.

    High risk
    High risk people are those with certain inherited conditions, which include familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), and some other syndromes including Peutz-Jegher's syndrome and juvenile polyposis syndrome. These conditions are very rare; three or more affected relatives in a first-degree kinship with each other less than fifty years old would be a risk factor these conditions. Relatives of patients with FAP are offered investigations every year from age 13-15 years until age 30, and 3-5 yearly thereafter until age 60. Relatives of patients with HNPCC are usually advised to have regular bowel screening from the age of 25, or five years earlier than the age their youngest affected relative developed colorectal cancer.

    High-moderate risk
    People who have a three or more first-degree relatives over 50 years old (mother, father, brother, sister, child) who have had colorectal cancer, or two affected relatives less than 60 years old in a first-degree kinship with each other, or two affected relatives with a mean age less than 60 years old in a first-degree kinship will be offered five yearly colonoscopy from age 50 until 75 years.

    Moderate risk
    People with only one first-degree relative affected by colorectal cancer aged under 50 years or with only two first degree relatives who have had colorectal cancer over 60 have a moderate risk of developing colorectal cancer. These people should be offered a single colonoscopy at age 55 years. If the investigation is normal, then no further investigations (other than the normal bowel cancer screening programme) are recommended.

    Low risk
    People with family histories that are different to those listed above are classified as low risk, as their risk is similar to the population in general. These people do not need any further investigations (other than the normal bowel cancer screening programme).

  4. I have IBD. Am I affected by Coronavirus?

    We would recommend reading the information available on the CCUK website and getting in touch with our IBD nursing team on or (01225) 82 5598 if you still have questions.

  5. I have a new diagnosis of a pancreatic cyst, where can I find out more? Kindly read our pancreatic cyst leaflet.

    Kindly read our :

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