April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to raise awareness about this disease and encourage people to get screened for early detection. Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, affecting both men and women.
Symptoms of Bowel Cancer
The symptoms of bowel cancer can vary, but some common signs include:
Screening Tests for Bowel Cancer
The good news is that bowel cancer is highly treatable if caught early. Screening tests can detect the disease before symptoms appear, and early detection is key to successful treatment. The most common screening tests for bowel cancer include:
How to Use a Bowel Screening Test
The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a simple test that checks for blood in the stool. It can be done at home, with a kit that you will receive in the post (if you are between the ages of 60 – 74).
Here's how to use a bowel screening test:
Prevention Measures for Bowel Cancer
While there is no surefire way to prevent bowel cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, including:
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is a time to educate yourself and others about this important issue. By spreading the word about screening and prevention, we can help reduce the impact of bowel cancer on individuals and communities. So, take the time to talk to your loved ones about bowel cancer and encourage them to get screened. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against this disease. To request a test, click the link: www.nhs.wales/screening