‘Screen­ing pro­gramme saved my life’

Can­cer sur­vivor backs new gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive

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July 2016 marks the 10 year an­niver­sary of the in­tro­duc­tion of bowel can­cer screen­ing in the UK and Derek Wei­d­ner is urg­ing peo­ple to spread the word to take part in screen­ing.

The NHS Bowel Can­cer Screen­ing Pro­gramme can de­tect bowel can­cer at an early stage in peo­ple with no symp­toms when it is eas­ier to treat.

Mr Wei­d­ner said: “I was 62 when di­ag­nosed and just had a change in bowel mo­tions, I un­der­took only one screen­ing test, the one that as­sisted di­ag­no­sis.

“Once screened and re­sults given, whilst not an ideal process, it started the ball rolling for treat­ment.

“Af­ter surgery to re­move the tu­mour, I had two bouts of chemo­ther­apy for six weeks, fol­lowed by ra­dio­ther­apy ev­ery day and had a colostomy bag for seven months then a re­ver­sal.

“With re­cov­ery prob­lems from the op­er­a­tion, I was not well for prob­a­bly 18 months to two years.”

“I’m very grate­ful to the screen­ing pro­gramme as it ba­si­cally saved my life.

“My tu­mour was near break­ing through the bowel wall and un­less I had screen­ing info I prob­a­bly would have de­layed trip the doc­tor.” a in to my

Deb­o­rah Alsina MBE, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Bowel Can­cer UK, said, “Since bowel can­cer screen­ing was first in­tro­duced to the UK 10 years ago, it has had a huge im­pact on the out­come for pa­tients as it is both pre­vent­ing can­cer from de­vel­op­ing and de­tect­ing it ear­lier when eas­ier to treat.

“I am reg­u­larly told by pa­tients de­tected through screen­ing how grate­ful they are that they took the test be­cause, in their view, it has saved their life.”

Through screen­ing, over 25,000 cases of bowel can­cer have been de­tected in Eng­land alone since 2006 and over 81,000 ad­vanced ade­no­mas, which po­ten­tially could have be­come can­cer­ous.

Ms Alsina added: “It’s fan­tas­tic that the Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of the sim­pler and more ac­cu­rate Fae­cal Im­muno­chem­i­cal test (FIT) as this has been shown to im­prove up­take by up to 10 per­cent, and even dou­ble up­take in some groups of pre­vi­ous non-re­spon­ders.

“This pro­vides us with a very real op­por­tu­nity to save more lives in the fu­ture and so we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing work­ing with the Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Heath Eng­land and NHS Eng­land on its in­tro­duc­tion.”

Visit bow­el­canceruk.org. uk to find out more.

Last month Workaid, based in Townsend Road, Che­sham, en­joyed a bumper sale of gar­den equip­ment at Che­nies Manor at the in­vi­ta­tion of Charles Mcleod Matthews, son of the late Mrs Mcleod Matthews.

Dur­ing the day, Workaid was pre­sented with Mrs Mcleod Matthews’ 1896 Singer 28K sewing ma­chine by her son Charles.

The ma­chine will now be ser­viced and in­cluded in a ship­ment to Tan­za­nia in Con­tainer Cun­ning­ham named in mem­ory of Workaid’s old­est vol­un­teer Frank Cun­ning­ham, who died ear­lier this year at the age of 92.

Fit­tingly, the Con­tainer will also carry some of Mr Cun­ning­ham’s own tools do­nated by his fam­ily.

Over the past 30 years, Workaid has shipped 92 con­tain­ers to Africa sup­port­ing al­most 3,000 vo­ca­tional train­ing projects and has im­proved the lives of more than 150,000 peo­ple and their com­mu­ni­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.workaid.org.

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