Colonoscopy. It’s the dreaded procedure that most over 50’s should be having on a regular basis but it can be uncomfortable to talk about and even worse to schedule into your diary. It’s important to remember that the team at Murdoch’s endoscopy suite undertake many colonoscopies every day and are here to make you feel … Continue reading Colonoscopies: are they really that bad?
The Endoscopy Unit at St John of God Murdoch Hospital performs, on average, 240 procedures per week. Manager of the unit, Susan Scully, says the worst part of having a colonoscopy is done by the time you arrive at hospital. “Most people find the process of taking the bowel preparation fluid before their procedure unpleasant,” says Ms … Continue reading Endoscopy
You might feel embarrassed or frightened about having a colonoscopy, but it can save your life. A colonoscopy is known as an endoscopy; a medical procedure that allows a doctor to observe the inside of the body without performing major surgery. The endoscope is a long flexible tube with a lens at one end and a … Continue reading Having a colonoscopy
Bowel cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia (1). Eighty per cent of cases have no known hereditary genetic associations. More than 15,000 bowel cancers were diagnosed in Australia in 2012, and in the same year almost 4,000 people died from the disease. Bowel cancer is preceded by polyps, which may … Continue reading The bowel cancer journey