A one-off bowel scope helps prevent bowel cancer, but it’s taking time to reach everyone eligible

Anne Li                                                                                                Feburary 25th, 2017


Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with around 41,000 people diagnosed each year. And rates are rising. More than half of UK bowel cancers could be prevented by things such as keeping to a healthy weight and cutting down on alcohol. But research, particularly into screening, is also helping find ways to prevent the disease, or spot cases earlier. In the UK, men and women are sent a bowel screening kit they complete at home, called a faecal occult blood test (or FOBt). The test looks for minute traces of blood in poo, which can help spot bowel cancer at an early stage, when a person feels healthy and has no symptoms.


See original article at: https://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/02/22/a-one-off-bowel-scope-helps-prevent-bowel-cancer-but-its-taking-time-to-reach-everyone-eligible/

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