BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM
You may be aware of the national bowel screening program amongst 50-74 year olds in Scotland. All men and women aged 50-74 years are sent a home screening kit every two years. Over 74 year olds can refer themselves to the screening program every two years by calling -
0800 0121 833.
The Practice would encourage all eligible patients to participate in this program:–
- Bowel cancer is Scotland’s third most common cancer with almost 4,000 people diagnosed every year. Bowel screening is the most effective way to find bowel cancer early, when it is most treatable.
- Bowel cancer is more common in people over 50, especially men.
- If detected early enough, there’s more than a 90% chance of successful treatment.
- Home testing prevents 150 deaths from bowel cancer every year. Whatever your age, don’t ignore symptoms! See your GP.
- Changes in your bowel can happen between one screening test and the next so it’s important for you to repeat the screening test every 2 years.
- There’s no need to be embarrassed, you can do the test in the privacy of your own home.
Information leaflets, in various formats, are available within the surgery. Any member of staff would be willing to discuss with you and give you any information you need and refer you to clinical staff where required. Patients also have access to extensive information on the http://www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk/ website.