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April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month

08/04/2019

Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK but If it's detected at an early stage more than 9 out of 10 people will survive it for five years or more. If you notice any of these changes, tell your GP straight away

The best way to detect bowel cancer early, even before symptoms appear, is through bowel cancer screening. The South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers bowel cancer screening to all men and women aged 60-74. Individuals are sent a home test kit every two years through the post. The home testing kit is used to collect a tiny stool sample which is then returned to the screening laboratory in hygienic, freepost packaging. It will then be checked for traces of blood that may not be visible to the naked eye, but could be an early sign of bowel cancer.

If you haven’t completed your bowel screening and want a replacement kit or you are over the age of 74 and would like to take part in bowel screening, contact the screening programme on 0800 707 6060.

Help spread the word this bowel cancer awareness month, to encourage more people to take part in their screening test.

For more information go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/fob-test/

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