Bowel Cancer Screening
Screening can detect bowel cancer, but it has to be detected early so that it can be removed and people can continue to enjoy a healthy life. Screening means looking for early signs in otherwise healthy people who may not have any symptoms. Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when there is a good chance that treatment will cure it.
Only about 40% of bowel cancers are detected early so we need to be aware of the symptoms earlier and be ready to act. Common symptoms of bowel cancer are:
· Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
· A recent, persistent change in bowel habit
· Change in shape or appearance of stools
· Abdominal pain, especially if severe
· Unexplained anaemia
The importance of screening cannot be overstressed. The statistics show that if bowel cancer is detected before it spreads beyond the bowel, the patient has a 90% chance of surviving for at least five years after diagnosis and most people are able to return to their current lifestyle. However, because the majority of cases are not detected until they have reached a later stage of development, only about 69% of people diagnosed with the disease survive five years.
We have bowel cancer screening kits available for purchase instore. If you have any questions about your bowel health please ask one of our pharmacists.
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