April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month – Know the facts

Bowel Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK but it is also one of the most treatable if caught at an early stage. Bowel cancer affects over 42,000 people every year. 

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be effective. Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps.  These are not cancer, but may develop into cancers over time.” Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. 

If you’re aged between 60 and 74 the national bowel cancer screening programme invites you to complete a screening test every 2 years by sending a ‘FIT’ kit out in the post.  If your aged 75 or over you can call 0800 707 6060 and opt in to request a test kit.

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