Islands’ GP Urges Locals To Take Up Bowel Cancer Screening Offer
Islanders are being urged to take part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme, which has been introduced to detect early signs of the potentially life threatening disease.
All people between the ages of 60 and 74 are eligible to receive the special testing kits but health professionals are worried that not enough people are taking up the offer.
Julian Elston, Public Health Consultant on the NHS England team covering Scilly said they’re particularly concerned that men in the South West are less likely to take come forward for screening. He said it’s a quick and easy process that saves lives every year.
The islands’ Lead GP, Dr John Garman, doesn’t have accurate figures, but he’s noticed there are a significant number of residents who don’t return the kits.
Given that bowel cancer is potentially curable if picked up early, he says, he feels it’s really important to get those numbers up.
Bowel cancer is currently the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.
Over 90% of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancers are successfully treated.