Get checked for The Big C
Take up screening invite and knock it down to the‘wee c’
People in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are being urged to knock ‘ The Big C’ down to a ‘ wee c’ by getting checked for cancer.
NHS Lanarkshire is stressing the importance of the #GetChecked initiative, part of the wee c health campaign, by encouraging people to take part in bowel, breast and cervical screening as well as keeping an eye out for any changes to your body and getting them checked by your doctor.
Dr Jennifer Darnborough, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health, said: “The earlier cancer is found, the more treatable it is, so taking part regularly in screening, whenever you are invited, is very important.
“The take- up of bowel, cervical and breast screening in Lanarkshire is a lot lower than we would like and to really bring the Big C down in size, more people need to get screened. Bowel cancer is Scotland’s third most common cancer, and just over 400 are picked up every year in Lanarkshire.
“If it’s found early, nine out of 10 people beat it.
“Even your own doctor can’t see it in its very early stages so the best way to pick it up is to do the screening test which is posted to your own home every two years.
“The test is for all men and women aged between 50 and 74.
“People aged 75 and over are not automatically sent a kit but can request one f ree from the Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 0121 833.
“Screening is also one of the most effective ways of detecting breast cancer before women notice any symptoms.”
On breast cancer, Dr Darnborough said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and around 500 are diagnosed every year in Lanarkshire.
“Screening is offered to all women aged between 50 and 70 every three years and I would urge everyone who receives an invitation letter to make sure they take up their appointment.
“Women over the age of 70 can ask to continue with breast screening.
“Cervical cancer is a lot less common than breast cancer and we see around 40 cases a year in Lanarkshire. However, it affects much younger women.
“The peak age is between 35 and 45 when women often have young families.
“Cervical screening really does save lives and only takes a few minutes.
“As well as taking part in screening, it’s important to check yourself regularly, keeping any eye out for any changes in your body, to spot potential signs of problems like skin cancer or testicular cancer.
“If in any doubt, pop along to see your doctor to set your mind at rest.”