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Bowel cancer screening saves lives

by Laura Johnston

If you’re over 60, take the bowel cancer screening test when you receive it in the post, that’s the message from Bowel Cancer UK during April, Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Screening saves lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of people who receive a test in the post complete it.

The bowel cancer screening kit is a simple and private test which you do yourself at home. It comes with clear step by step instructions, and is one of the best ways to find bowel cancer early, when it’s easier to treat successfully.

Matthew Ashton, Knowsley and Sefton Director of Public Health, said:

“Men and women aged 60 to 74 receive a free NHS bowel cancer screening kit routinely in the post, every two years. It is meant for people who don’t have any symptoms, so it really is important to take the test, please don’t ignore it.”

For more information about screening visit the Bowel Cancer UK website.