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Every day in Poland, 33 people die of colorectal cancer and around 18,000 people develop colorectal cancer each year. It is the most common cancer after lung cancer.

Colorectal cancer can develop asymptomatically for up to several years, which is why screening and early detection are so important.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men. It develops from a polyp – its removal is literally a matter of minutes that can save lives.

At St. Raphael’s Hospital, patients can undergo a colonoscopy examination free of charge (funded by the National Health Fund). The examination includes:

  • general anaesthesia
  • histopathological examination
  • anaesthetic consultation before the examination

What is colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine – it allows the intestinal mucosa (and also the terminal ileum) to be made visible and thoroughly viewed in search of the disease. It is worth emphasising that the primary goal of this examination is the removal of the polyps found (often simultaneous) in order to avoid the development of cancer in the future.

How to sign up for the examination?
You will require a referral to the Endoscopy Laboratory from a health insurance medical practitioner – GP or specialist.

Make sure it has the annotation “under general anaesthesia”.


  • directly at the Hospital, at the address: ul. Adama Bochenka 12, Kraków
  • at phone number: 12 629 88 00

How to prepare for the examination?

The colonoscopic examination, which aims to look closely at the mucosa of the large intestine, requires special preparation to cleanse the intestine.
The actual preparation begins the day before the test and involves drinking plenty of intestinal cleansing fluid.

At every stage, you will be instructed, advised and assisted by our specialists.

Physicians performing the examination:
Lek. Barbara Ciszewska
Dr n. med. Krzysztof Figuła

The entire examination takes about 30 minutes and the total hospital stay is only 1-2h. If you decide to have a colonoscopy, be sure to bring a companion with you!

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