This initiative to provide early screening for bowel cancer. Bowel Cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. Bowel screening looks for minute traces of blood in the faeces which often present before any symptoms. Treatment is simple and curative if found early.

 

From the age of 50 years all patients are invited to submit a sample of their faeces (pooh) for examination for this trace of blood every two years. Where blood is found you will be invited to attend for a camera examination of your bowel (colonoscopy). This is the best and gold standard investigation for the early detection of bowel cancer. Only a minority of patients with blood in their faeces will be found to have a cancer when attending for colonoscopy.

 

For more information go to this website: -

 

http://www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk/

 
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