April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Our screening programme – BowelScreen – has detected over 700 cancers in people with no symptoms. It has also detected pre-cancerous growths in over 6000 other people. Removing pre-cancerous growths prevents the development of bowel cancer in each case. But our latest figures show that less than half of eligible people avail of BowelScreen. Each of us must play a role in increasing this figure to save more lives.
Do the test
During April, BowelScreen is urging everyone aged 60 to 69 to avail of its free home test.
If you, a friend, or family member are in this age group, and have received an invitation to do the test, we strongly encourage you to complete it.
If you haven’t received a letter you can check if your name is on the BowelScreen register by calling:
- Freephone 1800 45 45 55, or
- by visiting bowelscreen.ie.
BowelScreen cannot pick up all changes or cancerous cells. So it’s important to be aware of any signs or symptoms.
- a change in your bowel habits such as going to the toilet more often or diarrhoea that lasts for some weeks;
- bleeding from the back passage (the rectum) for no obvious reason;
- pain in your abdomen (tummy);
- a lump in your tummy;
- loss of weight when you’re not trying to lose weight.
For more information visit www.bowelscreen.ie
National Screening Service
King’s Inns House
200 Parnell Street
Tel: 01 8659300 | www.screeningservice.ie