Endoscopy is the term used to describe a medical procedure that uses a fine flexible tube, which houses a light and camera in its tip, to explore parts of the human body.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy is one such form of endoscopy and is one of the main procedures to test for bowel cancer.
The point of flexible sigmoidoscopy is to routinely and safely examine the last part of the colon, looking for polyps.
The benefit with a flexible sigmoidoscopy, over other types of endoscopy, is that usually you do not need sedation. Also, the risk of any serious complication is very low.
It is always reassuring to know what to expect from an examination before you actually go. A specialist consultant will prepare you in advance and answer any questions.
Feel reassured that you are not alone and that specialist help is available.