Bowel Cancer Screening
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. 9 out of 10 people survive bowel cancer if caught early but the early signs are often hidden so it's important to take the test. The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme invites all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years.
When appropriate, you will receive a Faecal Occult Blood test (FOBt) kit by post to your home address.
Why take the test?
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective.
Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing. The Poo Song is a lighted hearted little ditty which explains, in song, the importance of taking up your bowel screening invitation. Have a listen at: http://thepoosong.com/
A useful video on how to take the test can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4w9QiqQiAI Once you have decided to start the test, it must be completed with samples from three seperate bowel motions taken a couple of days apart. You must complete all of the samples within 10 days of taking the first sample and return them to the Bowel Screening Centre Scotland, using the pre-paid envelope supplied in your kit.
The centre tests your sample and will notify you of the results. If the test is negative, no further action will be required. If your test is positive your GP will also be notified and you will be referred to your local hospital for further investigation. In addition, Highland Health Board are notified of positive results requiring further investigations.
You can find out more about Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer Screening by visiting: http://www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk/