April is National Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and NHS Ayrshire & Arran is encouraging local people to talk about the illness.
The annual Bowel
Screening Awareness event takes place on Friday, April 25th in the Alexander
Fleming Education Centre at Crosshouse Hospital, with registration from 12-noon
and the programme starting at 1pm: the event is open to everyone.
its sixth year, the initiative seeks to raise awareness of the importance of
prevention, screening and early detection of bowel cancer. Last year's star of
the show - an inflatable walk-through bowel – will make a return appearance. The
blow-up bowel allows visitors to learn about the various stages of colorectal
cancer and other diseases. A number of information stands will also be available
and people will have the chance to chat to staff.
The event is led by Mr
Bob Diament, Colorectal Surgeon and Director of Ayrshire & Arran's bowel
screening programme, while other contributors include a genetic counsellor,
dietician and a former patient who has been through the journey of taking the
test, a diagnosis of bowel cancer and subsequent treatment.
people between the ages of 50 and 74 receive a testing kit through the post
every two years, on or around their birthday. Early diagnosis can make all the
difference in treating bowel cancer. Since screening started in Ayrshire and
Arran in September 2007, it has led to a diagnosis of bowel cancer in 313
Anyone interested in attending the free event should Fiona
McTaggart, Bowel Screening Audit Facilitator on 01563 825869 or email