Ayrshire and Arran first timers urged to do the bowel screening test

Issued by Consolidated PR

First time bowel screening test recipients in Ayrshire and Arran are being urged to join the ‘bowel movement’ as part of a campaign to further increase uptake in Scotland.

The importance of taking the test from the age of 50 has been underlined as new figures show around half of those (50 per cent) aged between 50-51 in Scotland completed and returned their test in 20161. Nationally, first timers account for around 10 per cent2 of bowel screening test invitations issued each year.

Bowel cancer is more common in those aged 50 and over, but nine out of 10 people survive bowel cancer if it’s caught early3.

Every year, more than 500,000 people do the life-saving bowel screening test in Scotland4.  The test – offered to people aged 50 -74 every two years – remains the most effective way of finding the disease early.

The ‘Join the Bowel Movement’ campaign, which first launched in 2015, is being featured across digital media and radio throughout August in a bid to further boost participation in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme.

Mr Bob Diament, Colorectal Surgeon and Director of Ayrshire and Arran’s bowel screening programme said:

“Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland yet it is very curable if it’s found early. In fact, nine out of ten people survive the disease if it’s detected and treated in its earliest stages.

“Early diagnosis through bowel screening is the best way to join the increasing number of survivors of bowel cancer in Ayrshire and Arran. If you have received a screening kit in the post take the opportunity, take the test and encourage your family and friends to take the test too.”

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, said:

“Completing the bowel screening test could save your life. The early symptoms of bowel cancer can be hard to spot, but this screening programme can detect the early stages even before symptoms develop. I’d urge all 50 to 51-year-olds to do it.”

For more information on the bowel screening test, visit getcheckedearly.org or call the Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 0121 833.

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Notes to editors:

  • Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland.
  • The bowel screening test is the best way to find bowel cancer early.
  • All men and women aged 50-74 are invited for bowel screening every two years in Scotland.
  • Anyone aged 75 or over can still take a bowel screening test every two years if they want to – they simply need to request a kit.
  • The test can be completed in the privacy of your own home, is free and could save your life. 

1 Management information (2014-2016) Scottish Bowel Screening Centre.

2 Management information (2014-2016) Scottish Bowel Screening Centre.

3When diagnosed at its earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 people with bowel cancer will survive their disease for five years or more (source: Cancer Research UK).

Management information (2014-2016) Scottish Bowel Screening Centre.