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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

On 10th and 15th April, Screening Nurses from Leicester’s Hospitals will be out and about in Leicester, answering your questions about bowel cancer.

During April, Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Screening Nurses from Leicester’s Hospitals will be out and about in Leicester, sharing information and answering people’s questions about one of the UK’s most common cancers. The nurses will be available on the following dates in Leicester city:

  • Wednesday 10 April (1pm – 5pm) near to the Clock Tower
  • Monday 15 April (9am – 1pm) the “Golden Mile” (Belgrave/Melton Rd)

Other dates outside of the city are:

  • Tuesday 9 April (9am – 1pm) in Loughborough Town (Market Place)
  • Tuesday 23 April (1pm – 5pm) in Hinckley town centre
  • Tuesday 30 April (9am – 1pm) in Melton Mowbray town centre

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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