JAN 01] COVENTRY HEALTH AUTHORITY NEWS
Bowel Cancer Screening Success
huge pilot scheme being carried out in Coventry and Warwickshire to
try and detect bowel cancer is proving a big success according to
of the two-year pilot scheme, which is based in Rugby, have received
their 10,000th sample for testing for the disease.
aged between 50 and 69 who are registered with GPs in Coventry and
Warwickshire are being asked to carry out a simple test at home and
send it in by post.
hope is that the sample of faeces can detect early signs of
colorectal, or bowl cancer.
the test shows any symptoms the patients are contacted and given
further tests and any necessary treatment.
manger Sue Elwell said:
information about the project from the Screening Unit on 01788
are extremely pleased with the response we have had. Colerectal
cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK.
up and treating a cancer before the symptoms starts to show gives
people a much better chance of surviving.
screening can’t guarantee you won’t get cancer, but it reduces
your risk of dying from it.
would therefore urge everyone who receives a kit to complete