The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme aims to detect early bowel cancers and polyps which may become cancerous over time.
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the United Kingdom. About 1 in 20 people will develop bowel. The risk of developing bowel cancer increases with age - around 8 out of 10 are diagnosed over the age of 60. Other risk factors are those people with a family history and those who take little exercise, are overweight and have a diet high in red meat and have a low vegetable, fruit and fibre intake.
The common symptoms of bowel cancer are:
A change in bowel habit for several weeks
Bleeding from the back passage
A lump in your abdomen
If bowel cancer is detected at the earliest stage there is over a 90% chance of survival.
Kent Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgery support the Beating Bowel Cancer charity, click on the logo for their website.