Bowel cancer screening figures are up
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