Bowel cancer screen­ing vi­tal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Over-50s in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing urged to get screened for bowel cancer.

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier teamed up with Bowel Cancer UK this week to mark Bowel Cancer Aware­ness Month.

Ev­ery year 41,000 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with bowel cancer in the UK while over 16,000 peo­ple die from the dis­ease.

If you’re reg­is­tered with a GP and aged 50-74, you will re­ceive a test in the post ev­ery two years. You carry out the sim­ple test at home in pri­vate and it comes with step by step in­struc­tions.

Ms Fer­rier said: “I would urge my con­stituents who are sent a bowel screen­ing test to use it. Tak­ing part in bowel cancer screen­ing is the best way to get di­ag­nosed early.

“If you are over 50, take the test when you re­ceive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the peo­ple over 50 in your life to take the test. Early di­ag­no­sis re­ally can save lives.

“One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be di­ag­nosed with bowel cancer dur­ing their life­time but it is treat­able and cur­able, es­pe­cially if di­ag­nosed early. The Scot­tish Bowel Screen­ing Pro­gramme can de­tect bowel cancer at an early stage.”

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