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Changes to the Bowel Screening Program

There has been a recent change to the test for the Bowel Cancer Screening Program

There is new method of testing which is easier for patients to use and more accurate

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK accounting for 13% of all diagnosed cancers and is the second most common cause of cancer death (10% of all cancer deaths). Although bowel cancer is common, it is also highly treatable if found early

Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. For men the risk of getting colorectal cancer over the age of 50 is 1 in 18 (5.5%) and for women the equivalent risk is 1 in 22 (4.5%).

The three main symptoms of bowel cancer are blood in the stools (faeces), changes in bowel habit (such as more frequent, looser stools) and abdominal pain.

The aim of the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme is to decrease mortality from colorectal cancer in the general population by inviting all eligible men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years

For more details see the NHS Inform website

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