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Bowel Cancer

Bowel Cancer

Bowel Cancer is a big killer of older men. The NHS provides screening for bowel cancer and home testing kits are available to all men and women aged 60-74. The kit is looking for FOB or faecal occult blood. In a nutshell, the test looks for blood hidden in your pooh. This can be an early sign of bowel cancer. The test is very easy to do. You wipe a bit of pooh on a special card and send it in the envelope supplied to the laboratory.

To get your kit, ensure you are registered with a GP and that your GP has your correct address. If you’re in the age group, you should then be sent a testing kit every two years. The NHS estimates that regular bowel cancer screening using the FOB test reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.

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