More urged to take bowel can­cer test

Bucks res­i­dents aged 60-74 are urged to take part in screen­ing

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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/

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