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Bowel can­cer is the third most com­mon can­cer in Scot­land – it’s more com­mon in peo­ple aged over 50, es­pe­cially men.

That’s why ev­ery­one be­tween the ages of 50 and 74 is sent a bowel can­cer screen­ing test ev­ery two years – it’s the most ef­fec­tive way to find the dis­ease early by spot­ting hid­den blood in your poo.

There are around 176,000 peo­ple in Scot­land who have been di­ag­nosed with can­cer over the last 20 years and who are still alive.

That’s well over dou­ble the pop­u­la­tion of In­ver­ness. It’s three years since the first bowel screen­ing in­vi­ta­tions were sent out.

In May 2015, of the men and women di­ag­nosed be­tween 2005 and 2009, find­ings showed that there was an 80.6 per cent sur­vival rate for those di­ag­nosed at stage one com­pared to 5.9 per cent at stage four.

The Scot­tish Bowel Screen­ing Pro­gramme sent out in­vi­ta­tions be­tween Novem­ber 1, 2012, and Oc­to­ber 31, 2014, then pub­lished the re­sults on Au­gust 4, 2015.

The screen­ing pro­gramme be­gan a phased roll-out in June 2007 with all NHS Boards in Scot­land par­tic­i­pat­ing since De­cem­ber 2009.

Bowel can­cer is the third most com­mon can­cer in Scot­land.

The bowel can­cer screen­ing test is the best way to find bowel can­cer early.

All men and women aged 50- 74 are in­vited for bowel screen­ing ev­ery two years in Scot­land.

Any­one aged 75 or over can still take a bowel screen­ing test ev­ery two years if they want to – they sim­ply need to re­quest a kit.

The test can be com­pleted in the pri­vacy of your own home, is free and could save your life.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit getcheckedearly. org.

To re­quest a re­place­ment kit call the Bowel Screen­ing Cen­tre Helpline on 0800 0121 833 or vis­it­ing www.bow­elscreen­ing.scot. nhs.uk.

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