Time for screen­ing

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A new TV cam­paign urg­ing peo­ple to join the bowel move­ment is ask­ing Scots to sign up for a new screen­ing pro­gramme.

Statis­tics show that the like­li­hood of sur­viv­ing bowel can­cer is 14 times higher if de­tected at an early stage com­pared to a late stage and the home bowel screen­ing test – of­fered to peo­ple aged 50 to 74 – re­mains the most ef­fec­tive way of find­ing the dis­ease early.

Ev­ery year, half a mil­lion peo­ple in Scot­land com­plete and re­turn their bowel screen­ing kits and al­though the fig­ure is higher than ever be­fore, the new cam­paign is tar­get­ing those who put off tak­ing the test.

An ad­vert, fea­tur­ing Fred MacAu­lay and Claire Gro­gan, aims to high­light the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple in Scot­land who are rou­tinely re­turn­ing their test in a bid to mo­ti­vate oth­ers to do the same.

It fol­lows a house­wife, Mrs Hutchi­son, who is joined by a grow­ing crowd of sup­port­ers while walk­ing down her street – in­clud­ing a brass band and cheer­lead­ers – all en­cour­ag­ing her to take the test when she gets home.

Mem­bers of the crowd who ap­pear in the ad­vert – in­clud­ing ac­tress Ca­role Cas­sidy who plays house­wife Mrs Hutchi­son – reg­u­larly com­plete and re­turn their bowel screen­ing tests.

Watch the ad­vert here: https://www. youtube.com/watch?

Health Sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son said: “The new cam­paign is a tongue-in-cheek way of get­ting across a se­ri­ous mes­sage – that the home bowel screen­ing test could be a life-saver.

“Peo­ple who re­ceive their bowel screen­ing kit may be put off by the process but the re­al­ity is that more peo­ple than ever in Scot­land are com­plet­ing the test and re­turn­ing it.

“This means more peo­ple have a bet­ter chance of bowel can­cer be­ing de­tected early, when the chances of sur­vival are much higher.

“It’s pos­i­tive that par­tic­i­pa­tion is ris­ing but this cam­paign is fo­cused on en­cour­ag­ing those who have dis­missed tak­ing the test or are putting off com­plet­ing and re­turn­ing it. We want ev­ery­one in Scot­land to have the best chance of sur­viv­ing can­cer – and bowel can­cer can of­ten be cured if it’s caught early.”

Deb­o­rah Alsina, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Bowel Can­cer UK, said: “Bowel can­cer is Scot­land’s sec­ond big­gest can­cer killer with 1600 peo­ple dy­ing each year, yet it is both treat­able and cur­able if di­ag­nosed early.”

Co­me­dian Fred Ma­cAuley said: “There have been in­ci­dences of bowel can­cer among my friends and fam­ily and be­cause of screen­ing, they’ve sur­vived. I do my test ev­ery two years and per­son­ally think the screen­ing we’re of­fered in this coun­try is a great thing. I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one who is in­vited to take the test and hope­fully this new cam­paign will help make that hap­pen.”

John Wright, 64, of Dron­gan in Ayr­shire, is back­ing the lat­est cam­paign and is some­one who cred­its screen­ing with sav­ing his life. He was di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer in Septem­ber 2007 af­ter re­turn­ing his test and was called for fur­ther tests which showed two tu­mours in his bowel.

Af­ter be­ing given the all-clear, a rou­tine check-up in 2008 showed an­other tu­mour and John un­der­went an­other op­er­a­tion and course of chemo­ther­apy.

Seven years on, he is now fit, healthy and en­joys an ac­tive life. John said: “If I didn’t com­plete the bowel home-screen­ing kit, my tu­mours would have con­tin­ued to grow in­side my bowel with­out me know­ing.

“By the time I had symp­toms it might have been too late to treat.

“I’m walk­ing proof that home screen­ing works so I hope by shar­ing my story, oth­ers will get checked.” Whether you de­cide

to take part in the screen­ing

or not, it’s im­por­tant

to look out for the signs and can­cer. symp­toms of

bowel Visit www. getcheckedea

rly.org for more in­for­ma­tion

or call 0800 0121 833 to re­quest re­place-menta bowel screen­ing

test.

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