More urged to take bowel cancer test
Bucks residents aged 60-74 are urged to take part in screening
Bowel Cancer UK is encouraging people living in the region to take part in the programme.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can detect the disease at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat and there is a greater chance of survival.
Uptake rates for bowel cancer screening are low, with 59.44% of people taking part in the NHS Chiltern CCG catchment area and 60.61% in the NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG patch.
If you are registered with a GP and aged 60-74, you will receive a test in the post every two years. You carry out the simple procedure at home and it comes with step by step instructions.
The test looks for hidden blood in your poo, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer.
Deborah Alsina MBE, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “It’s quite simple, bowel cancer screening saves lives.
“I would encourage everyone who’s over 60 to take the test, and for those who are younger to encourage their loved ones over 60 to complete it. It could save yours or your loved one’s life.
“Bowel Cancer UK joined with Beating Bowel Cancer to create a future where nobody dies of bowel cancer.
“We’re determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease.
“Taking part in screening is the best way to get diagnosed early when treatment is more likely to be successful.
“Early diagnosis does save lives.”
The charity is raising awareness of the importance of bowel cancer screening as part of its announcement of a new brand following the merger of the two charities in January.
Almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bow- really el cancer each year in the UK, and more than 16,000 people die from the disease.
It is the nation’s second biggest cancer killer.
However it should not be because it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
Bowel Cancer UK is giving away wristbands to raise awareness of the charity and the disease.
You can get your free wristband at bowelcanceruk.org.uk/free-bowelcancer-uk-wristband/