Friday, 21 March 2014

Bowel cancer screening event

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.

Now in 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.

All local 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 patients.

Anyone interested in attending the free event should Fiona McTaggart, Bowel Screening Audit Facilitator on 01563 825869 or email fiona.mctaggart@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk.

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