Please don't put off getting yourself screened for colon cancer. Heightened awareness of colon cancer is essential, particularly for anyone over 45.
High quality CT Colonography (CT scanner based screening method) and colonoscopy are the most accurate methods for examining the colon for precursor polyps and cancer. The NHS is not able to offer these forms of screening to the whole population but that shouldn't stop you considering adding them to your screening programme.
40tude recommends that you are screened regularly for colon cancer from your mid-40s and we hope George Alagiah's story will inspire you also to take action now to arrange to be screened for this type of cancer, which is preventable if the signs are detected early: