Moray over-50’s urged to take the poo test

Save a life - your own - by taking the test
Save a life – your own – by taking the test

BOWEL CANCER IS the second largest cancer killer in the UK – and the current programme of screening can only save lives if people take part.

That is the message being promoted by Moray’s MP Angus Robertson in the middle of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month throughout April.

Mr Robertson pointed to statistics that show 41,000 people – men and women – are diagnosed with the cancer, the equivalent of one every 15 minutes, with 16,200 subsequently dying.

Despite that in some areas of the country only one-third of those who receive a test kit actually complete and return it – meaning that hundreds in Moray and thousands around the UK are missing out on an opportunity to detect the cancer at an earlier stage and so greatly enhancing survival chances.

“As the local MP, I am totally committed to 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,” Mr Robertson said.

He added: “Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early. If you are over 50, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 50 in your life to take the test. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”

The MP was thanked by the chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, Deborah Alsina, for highlighting the issue.

She said: “I’d like to thank Angus Robertson 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 Scottish Bowel Screening Programme can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat.

Since its launch, it has been proven to save lives. If you’re registered with a GP and aged 50-74, you will receive a test in the post every two years.

Visit Bowel Cancer UK’s website to find out how you can get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.