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Bowel Cancer screening saves lives

Did you know your risk of developing bowel cancer increases with age, and 80% of bowel cancers occur in people over 60?

Bowel cancer screening helps detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms, when treatment is likely to be more effective.

Latest figure from Bowel Cancer UK show 47% per cent of people living in the North West are choosing not to take part in free bowel cancer screening. In Cumbria uptake has improved and Cumbria now has one of the highest uptakes for the test at 60%.

In 2015/16 in Cumbria over 11,000 men were screened for bowel cancer following invitations to nearly 20,000. 45% or 9,000 men may be at risk by not taking part.

In some areas of Cumbria almost half of those eligible for bowel cancer screening don't take part and could be at risk. Don't leave it to chance.

It's easier than you think

Bowel cancer screening is a simple and private free NHS test - most people say it's easy to do.

If you are aged between 60 and 74, you will be invited to take part in bowel cancer screening every two years. If you are aged 75 or over, you can ask for a screening test by calling the bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

From Cancer Research UK:

The kit is a simple way for you to collect small samples of your poo (bowel motions). You wipe the sample on a special card, which you then send for testing in a hygienically sealed, prepaid envelope. There are detailed instructions with each kit.

You may think that the test sounds a bit embarrassing or unpleasant, but collecting the samples doesn't take long. You get the results of your test in the post within 2 weeks.

PHE Screening