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Tests to beat bowel cancer

A CAMPAIGN to increase awareness of the importance of having bowel screenings is being supported by the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust.

The campaign, named Cancer Won’t Wait, was launched by the North West London Integrated Care System and encourages everyone over 56 to participate in bowel screenings when eligible.

Nearly 43,000 people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year, which makes it one of the most common types of cancer.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month UK, and all the campaigns launched during April by different organisations, aimed to educate people about the disease and its symptoms, as well as provide information on how they can get screened for bowel cancer.

Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive, but this drops significantly as the disease develops, say health officials.

The key symptoms, which many people experience before being diagnosed with the condition, are: Persistent blood in your stools, changes in bowel habits, tummy or abdominal pain, weight loss and inexplicable weariness.

Alistair Myers, consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Hillingdon Hospital said: “Unfortunately, people may have put off routine checks during the pandemic but it is important screening doesn’t slip – and the great thing about bowel screening is it can be done easily at home with a few simple steps.”

For a free NHS testing kit, call 0800 707 60 60.


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