As April is the month for Bowel Cancer Awareness, Bowel Cancer UK (the UK’s leading Bowel Cancer research charity) are focusing this month on raising awareness for bowel cancer screening, which aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when treatment has the best chance of working.
However, the charity confirm that in some areas of the UK only a third who receive a screening test in the post complete it, leaving thousands of people missing out on a vital way of detecting the early stages of this type of cancer. With this in mind we have listed below the important reasons Bowel Cancer UK believe screening to be so important.
– Screening can detect bowel cancer early before any symptoms appear, when it is easier to treat.
– Screening can also prevent bowel cancer from developing in the first place by picking up non-cancerous growths (polyps) which could become cancerous in the future.
– Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
– Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer however, this drops significantly as the disease develops.
If you’re registered with a GP and aged 60-74 (50-74 in Scotland), you will receive a free NHS bowel cancer screening test in the post every two years.
There is further information about how screening works on the Bowel Cancer UK website, where you will also find information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
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