Screening saves lives

Bowel cancer screening kiosk at Asda Cockhedge
(L - R) Anika Neill, Health Improvement Practitioner at Warrington Borough Council, Tilly Dobbin, Cancer Screening Coordinator at NHS Warrington CCG and Jessica Turner, Senior Cancer Awareness Nurse, at Cancer Research UK, providing information and advice to the public.
Published: Monday, 29th April 2019

Get advice and find out more about at-home bowel cancer screenings.

Every 15 minutes, someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. It’s treatable and curable – especially if it’s diagnosed early. For 60 to 75 year olds, the age group most at risk of developing bowel cancer, at-home bowel cancer screening kits are sent out every two years.            

8% of colorectal cancers in Warrington were diagnosed via the screening programme (2006-2014) but 6,772 patients in Warrington didn’t take part in bowel screening in 2017/18.

As part of Warrington’s health and wellbeing strategy, the Council’s public health team will be hosting an information kiosk at Asda Cockhedge, supported by a Cancer Research UK nurse, to encourage residents to take part in bowel cancer screenings.

FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Test) bowel screenings will be introduced in summer 2019. FIT only detects human blood, which is a significant advantage over the current FOBt (Faecal Occult Blood Test) screenings. FIT only requires one sample, compared with the six samples required for FOBt (two samples from three separate stools).

A Cancer Research UK nurse will be on hand to discuss the changes and new screening kits, and to dispel any myths about bowel cancer screening. The team will be sharing information about symptoms to look out for and when to visit your GP if you’re worried.

Come and speak to the team today at Asda Cockhedge, from 10am to 2pm.

Around 268,000 people living in the UK have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. People aged 60 to 75 years old are most at risk of developing the disease, but people of any age can be affected.

If you are aged 75 or over and are worried about any symptoms, you can ask for a bowel cancer screening test by calling the free bowel screening centre helpline on 0800 0121 833.

For more information about screenings, symptoms and more, visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk

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