Bowel Cancer Screening

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CVS hosts the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Community Engagement Officer, who works throughout Lancashire to promote the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

What is NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme?

Bowel CancerIt is a screening programme developed to identify signs which may indicate cancer.  Everyone aged 60-74 and registered with a GP is being invited to take part.  People are sent a test kit to use in their own home.  Screening is free.

Around 1 in 20 people in the UK get bowel cancer and it is the second biggest cause of cancer deaths. However, it is also one of the most treatable forms of cancer and can be completely cured if found in the earliest stages.  One of the reasons why bowel cancer deaths are so high is because the symptoms go unnoticed until the disease is well developed. The aim of screening is to find signs of bowel problems before you even start to have symptoms. Detecting abnormalities early can save lives.

In order to raise awareness of the importance of bowel cancer screening, the Community Engagement Officer forms part of a team working across Lancashire, presenting at events, visiting care homes & community facilities and working with key partners to increase the number of 60-74 year olds who take up bowel cancer screening. A range of publicity materials & presentations in English and a number of community languages have been developed in order to promote bowel cancer screening throughout the diverse communities living in Lancashire.

Get in touch

For more information, please contact Sadiq Patel via sadiq.patel@communitycvs.org.uk.