Bowel cancer screening vital
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.”