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Improving awareness during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Press release date03/04/2019
This April staff at Leicester’s Hospitals will be raising awareness of one of the most common types of cancer in the UK. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month takes place throughout April each year and aims to improve people’s understanding of bowel cancer.
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Screening nurses at Leicester’s Hospitals will be sharing information with people on the streets of Leicester and within the community. They will be out and about on:

  • Tuesday 9 April (9am – 1pm) in Loughborough Town (Market Place)
  • Wednesday 10 April (1pm – 5pm) in Leicester City (near to the Clock Tower) 
  • Monday 15 April (9am – 1pm) the “Golden Mile” Belgrave/Melton Rd
  • Tuesday 23 April (1pm – 5pm) in Hinckley town centre
  • Tuesday 30 April (9am – 1pm) in Melton Mowbray town centre

The team of screening specialists will be on the streets sharing information and helping people with any questions.  In addition, by the end of April, the service aims to launch a Facebook page dedicated to Bowel Cancer awareness.

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK and is primarily diagnosed in those over the age of 60. The three main symptoms of bowel cancer are persistent blood in poo, a persistent change in your bowel habit, or persistent lower abdominal pain.

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

When you reach 60 years of age, a screening test kit will be sent to you within a few weeks of your 60th birthday and then again every 2 years until the age of 74. Regular screening can reduce the risk of dying from Bowel Cancer by up to 40%.  

Richard Robinson, Clinical Director of Bowel Cancer Screening at Leicester’s Hospitals 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 15 men and 1 in 18 women, it could be you.”

Dr Paul Danaher, GP and clinical lead for cancer at Leicester City CCG, said: “In Leicester we are keen to see more people taking up the opportunity for screening when they are invited, as too many people are missing out.

“The test kit you receive from the age of 60 is quite simple and can be done at home. I would really encourage everyone to make sure they do the test; and if you have not yet reached 60, please encourage older friends and loved ones who are. It really could save their life.”

The screening services are co-ordinated from a central Hub based at Leicester’s Hospitals, the free phone number is 0800 707 6060, email: bowelcancerscreening@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

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