MP Mark Menzies urges Fylde folk to take bowel cancer screening test

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MP Mark Menzies has pledged to help charity raise awareness of screening in Fylde during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April. Mr Menzies is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of the awareness campaign. More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK; it is the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, the condition is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

 I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it

Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat. Mr Menzies said: “I want to see improving uptake rates for bowel cancer screening, both locally and nationally. “I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early. “If you are over 60, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 60 in your life to take the test. Early diagnosis really can save lives.” Bowel cancer screening infographic Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “I’d like to thank Mark for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for bowel cancer screening. One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.” The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat. If you’re registered with a GP and aged 60 to 74, you will receive a test in the post every two years. You carry out the simple test at home in private and it comes with step by step instructions. The test looks for hidden blood in your poo, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer. You can visit Bowel Cancer UK’s website to find out how you can get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month at bowelcanceruk.org.uk.

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