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Bowel Cancer awareness and advice in April
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Press release date29/03/2018
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Bowel Cancer is 4th most common cancer in UK and Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest Cancer killer. Screening can detect Bowel Cancer early before any symptoms appear, when it is easier to treat and often less treatment is required. It can also prevent Bowel Cancer from developing by detecting and removing non-cancerous growths called ‘polyps’ in the bowel before malignancy develops.
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April is Bowel Cancer awareness month. Leicester’s Bowel Cancer Screening team will be highlighting the benefits of early detection through regular screening at various events using the 'walk in' colon:


•3 April, Leicester General Hospital – hospital restaurant

•10 April, Leicester Royal Infirmary – hospital restaurant

•10 April, Woodlands Garden Centre

•17 April, Glenfield Hospital – hospital restaurant

•24 April, Rothley Garden Centre

•25 April, 6-8pm, FREE Marvellous Medicine talk, Clinical Education Centre at Leicester General Hospital.


Dr Richard Robinson, Consultant Gastroenterologist said: “Screening can detect bowel cancer early before any symptoms appear. If Bowel Cancer is detected at an early stage it is easier to treat and there is a much better chance of survival. A simple screening test offers both reassurance and can identify the disease early, before it becomes more advanced. Everyone thinks it will happen to someone else but for 1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 women, it could be you.”


Leicester’s Bowel Screening team would like all to participate in screening. One life is saved for every 200 screened.  Regular screening can reduce the risk of dying from Bowel Cancer by 16%.  If you are not yet of the age for screening please encourage those loved ones and friends around that are.  


When you are 55 years you will be offered ‘Bowel Scope Screening’, a one - off flexible sigmoidoscopy test. This examination uses a thin, flexible endoscope to look inside the lower part of your bowel - the area in your bowel where polyps most commonly grow. Removing polyps found will reduce your risk of Bowel Cancer.


When you reach 60 years a screening test kit will be sent to you within a few weeks of your 60th birthday and the again every 2 years until the age of 74. 


If you attend any of our events in April the screening team will be happy to answer your questions. 


The Screening services are co-ordinated from a central Hub, free phone number is 0800 707 6060, email: bowelcancerscreening@uhl-tr.nhs.uk


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For interviews please contact the Communications Team on 0116 258 8644 or email communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6567
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