Gold Standard Colonoscopy test for Bowel (Colorectal) Cancer

Braemar Hospital is very pleased to be able to offer Gold Standard testing and prevention for Bowel Cancer to patients regardless of age, symptoms or family history.

Braemar has set up a comprehensive all-inclusive package to screen for bowel cancer and remove polyps. The package includes a full colonoscopy and a follow up appointment with a Specialist. The cost of this is $2150*.

Statistics – Bowel cancer rates

The incidence of bowel cancer in New Zealand is one of the highest in the world and is the second highest cause of cancer death after lung cancer.

Bowel cancer is curable if detected early enough.

The NZ National Bowel Screening Programme will only be available to those over 60 and has limitations.

Risks

Men and women are equally at risk of developing bowel cancer. This disease is commoner in the over 50s, but may occur in younger individuals. Over 75 percent of these cancers occur in people without risk factors, hence the importance of screening.

Factors that may increase the risk of developing bowel cancer include:

  • Family History
    Having a close family member with colorectal cancer increases the individual risk by 2-3 times. This increases to 3-6 times if there are multiple or young family members affected.
  • Personal Medical History
    A personal or family history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease and other cancers such as ovarian, breast, and endometrial may put you at higher risk for developing bowel cancer.
  • Lifestyle Risk Factors
    • Physical inactivity
    • Being overweight
    • High alcohol intake

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of bowel cancer may include:

  • A change in bowel habit lasting for several weeks or more. This may include, for example, diarrhoea, constipation or a sensation of incomplete emptying of the bowel
  • Blood in the bowel motion
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain.
  • Others such as weakness, fatigue, weight loss or anaemia.
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People who are diagnosed with bowel cancer and receive treatment when it is at an early stage, have a 90 percent chance of cure. A delay in diagnosis and treatment may allow a cancer to become more advanced and difficult to treat.

How does a colonoscopy prevent bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer almost always starts as a benign growth (polyp).  Screening with colonoscopy is very effective at detecting and removing polyps before they can become cancerous or cause symptoms.

Although screening is mostly recommended for the over 50s, some younger individuals with risk factors or particular concerns are suitable.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the Gold Standard method for colorectal cancer screening and is performed by specially trained doctors. The entire colon is carefully examined using an endoscope and at the same time polyps can be removed to prevent cancer from developing. When caught early, 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully.

At Braemar we are able to offer the test under either sedation or general anaesthetic.

A screening colonoscopy is ideal for those without bowel symptoms. However, if you do have symptoms such as those mentioned above, it is important to see your doctor to arrange prompt investigation.

*Colonoscopy under sedation.

For Colonoscopy under General Anaesthetic $2,900

Exclusions: In certain situations, additional procedures may be required, such as in the case of multiple or large polyps.  Screening may be unsuitable in individuals with some medical conditions, frailty or if taking certain medications.

Bowel Cancer Screening Form

We always welcome new and existing patients to our hospital. Please complete this form to get in touch with one of our specialists.

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