Our bowel cancer specialists were out in force today, with an information stand in main reception, raising awareness of bowel cancer among patients, visitors and staff.
The focus of this year’s campaign is bowel cancer screening.
Bowel cancer screening saves lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those over 60 who receive a test in the post complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the best way to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat and there is the greatest chance of survival.
Why is screening so important?
Screening can detect bowel cancer early before any symptoms appear, when it is easier to treat. It can also prevent bowel cancer from developing in the first place by picking up non-cancerous growths (polyps) which could become cancerous in the future.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer however, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early and early diagnosis saves lives.