St Mark's HospitalLondon North West Healthcare

Bowel Cancer Screening

St Mark’s Hospital Endoscopy Unit became a nominated and chosen site for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme through a rigorous accreditation programme. St Mark’s Bowel Cancer Screening Centre covers HillingdonHarrow, Brent & North Ealing.

All men and women aged 55–59

One-off bowel scope investigation using flexible sigmoidoscopy at St Mark’s Hospital. People can accept the invitation any time up until they receive an invitation for FOBT (changing to a new test, FIT) when 60 years old.

All men and women aged 60–74

People registered with a GP will be automatically offered a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every two years. Around 98% will receive a normal result. Around 2% of people will receive an abnormal/positive result. Around 4% of people may initially receive an unclear result and the FOB Test will need to be repeated. They will be referred to see the Specialist Bowel Screening Nurse at St Mark’s Hospital to discuss and arrange a colonoscopy.

All men and women aged 75 and over

Biennial screening using FIT available on request from the Screening Hub using the free helpline on 08007076060.

Why screen for bowel cancer and who is covered?

About 1 in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year. St Mark’s Bowel Cancer Screening Centre covers Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent & North EalingClick here to find out more

What happens next?

The test works by detecting tiny amounts of blood which cannot normally be seen in bowel motions. People who receive an abnormal result will be offered an appointment with a Specialist Nurse. The nurse will explain what a colonoscopy involves, assess the patient’s fitness for the procedure, and answer any questions. Click here to find out more about the screening process

Patient stories

Francesca explains how she would never have known she had polyps without going for the test. She encourages anyone who gets the invitation to “Go for it. The whole procedure is very simple… the team is very professional and informative.” Click here to view Francesca’s and other patients stories