Bowel can­cer screen­ing fig­ures are up

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

More peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are tak­ing part in bowel screen­ing than ever be­fore, but more need to take the life-sav­ing test.

The most re­cent fig­ures - re­vealed in Bowel Can­cer Aware­ness Month - show NHS La­nark­shire has made huge strides in in­creas­ing up­take of bowel screen­ing.

It has risen from 47.7 per cent when the pro­gramme be­gan in 2009 to 53.1 per cent last month.

Dr Jen­nifer Darn­bor­ough, NHS La­nark­shire con­sul­tant in pub­lic health, said:“The fig­ures are great news and it is largely due to the en­thu­si­asm of our health im­prove­ment teams and ded­i­cated lo­cal GPs in sup­port­ing the na­tional De­tect Can­cer Early bowel screen­ing cam­paign.

“We’ve also had won­der­ful sup­port from our‘bowel screen­ing cham­pi­ons’, lo­cal men and women who have had can­cer di­ag­nosed through the test and gone on to have suc­cess­ful treat­ment.”

While the lat­est statis­tics show a marked im­prove­ment, La­nark­shire re­mains the worst per­form­ing area in Scot­land when it comes to up­take of the screen­ing pro­gramme.

Bowel can­cer is Scot­land’s third most com­mon can­cer and al­most 500 cases are picked up ev­ery year in La­nark­shire.

How­ever, if it’s found early by screen­ing, even be­fore any symp­toms are there, nine out of 10 peo­ple will beat it.

Bowel champs NHS La­nark­shire health im­prove­ment prac­ti­tioner Wendy Kennedy, right, with bowel screen­ing cham­pi­ons Ann Ry­tel and David Wa­ters

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