Bowel Cancer awareness month

As it’s Bowel Cancer Awareness month, NHS Nottinghamshire County, in partnership with local NHS organisations, are running a campaign throughout April, reminding the people of Nottinghamshire of the importance of Bowel Cancer Screening.

The aim of the screening programme is to help detect bowel cancer at its earliest stages.

As well as raising awareness it is also a good opportunity to review the success so far, of the bowel cancer screening programme in Nottinghamshire.

Locally, rollout of the bowel screening programme started in March 2008. It now covers the whole of Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City.

The kit is easy and simple to complete and can be done in the privacy of your own home, so if you’re aged between 60-69 and registered with a GP you will be sent a free kit to help detect bowel cancer early. If you are over 75 you can call freephone 0800 707 60 60 to request a kit.

Locally, the screening uptake rate for Ashfield patients is 50.17%. The uptake rate for men is 48.75%, and for women, 51.67%. For Mansfield, the uptake rate for patients is 51.75%, 50.5% for men and for women, 51.3%

Julian Williams, Director of the Nottinghamshire Screening Centre said: “The whole point of the screening programme is to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when people do not have symptoms, as treatment is much more likely to be effective. Bowel cancer screening can also find polyps.

“Polyps are not cancer, but sometimes develop into cancer over time. Polyps can be removed easily and reduce the risk of bowel cancer developing. I would encourage everyone who receives a kit to take up the opportunity to detect bowel cancer early.

“Screening uptake across Nottinghamshire is currently at around 55%, which shows that there is already a good awareness locally of the value that bowel cancer screening can provide”.