Leeds City Council and the NHS in Leeds have teamed up to co-ordinate the campaign that aims to encourage people in Leeds aged between 60-69 to complete the bowel cancer screening test. The test is quick, easy and can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Once you’ve completed and posted it, the results will be returned to you within two weeks.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and those at greatest risk are people aged over 60. Screening can identify bowel cancer before symptoms begin, often at an early stage when it can be successfully treated.
The reason bowel cancer is such a dangerous cancer is that many patients are diagnosed too late. Screening can identify bowel cancer before symptoms begin, often at an early enough stage when it can be successfully treated. To date, bowel cancer screening has identified over 16,000 people with bowel cancer, with a further 90,000 people with polyps (which may have otherwise developed into cancer) being removed, preventing thousands more. However the current take up rate for screening in Leeds is just over 50%, considerably lower than those of the best national cancer screening programmes.
Anyone aged 60-69 is eligible for a bowel cancer screening test and is sent a testing kit once every two years automatically by the National Cancer Screening Programme.
If anyone is worried about bowel cancer they can speak to their family doctor (GP). Those aged 60-69 can find out more about the bowel cancer screening test by calling the national helpline on 0800 707 6060. To find out more about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, including details of symptoms, please visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/bowelcancer.