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Important Test for Bowel Cancer: According to one of the daily newspapers on Friday, April 19th, six out of ten people invited to submit a sample for screening for bowel cancer ignore the invite. The screening has prevented more than 6,000 people from developing bowel cancer in the past 5 years. People between the ages of 60 to 69 inclusive can have the test carried out free of charge. However only 37% of men and 46% of women send in the sample and many of those, who don’t, then run the risk of developing the cancer and it is not diagnosed until it is well established and, for some, that will be too late for a cure. Bowel screening is very simple and entails sending in a small sample of stool, which is then analysed for signs of cancer. It is believed that the reason most do not respond is from embarrassment. As a result the Irish Cancer Society estimates that hundreds of lives are lost each year. The test can prevent cancer developing in the first place and, if there are indications of cancer present, then the sooner it is detected the better chance of recovery. I write about this because I have had bowel cancer and I know the importance of early detection. Mine was discovered through a routine blood test, followed by a colonoscopy. I cannot say that the surgery and chemotherapy treatment were pleasant but the alternative was not an option. I know what it is like to be given the bad news that I had the ‘Big C’ but I also know how good it is to be told by the Oncologist that you are well on your way to good health again. When one thinks about it - a few moments of embarrassment or a few minutes out of your busy life to do the test and post it back is a small price to pay to avoid the surgery and the treatment or even an early death. If you don’t receive the invite then you should go to your doctor and get the test done through your GP. and have you bloods checked on a regular basis. Us men often put things like that on hold but don’t wait. The test wasn’t available to me when I was that age and I was lucky but you should take no chances and do the simple test to put your mind at ease. There are also common warning signs which you may get and, if you do, see the doctor right away. The signals can be: Diarrhoea/constipation or any change in bowel movements; a feeling of having a full bowel even after using the toilet; Pain in your tummy or back passage; a fullness in your tummy or trapped wind; unexpected weight loss; tired and breathless; Bleeding from your rectum or blood in your stool. These all need to be checked out by your GP. The message is then – do the test, catch it early if its there, and beat it.
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Important Test for Bowel Cancer: According to one of the daily newspapers on Friday, April 19th, six out of ten people invited to submit a sample for screening for bowel cancer ignore the invite. The screening has prevented more than 6,000 people from developing bowel cancer in the past 5 years. People between the ages of 60 to 69 inclusive can have the test carried out free of charge. However only 37% of men and 46% of women send in the sample and many of those, who don’t, then run the risk of developing the cancer and it is not diagnosed until it is well established and, for some, that will be too late for a cure. Bowel screening is very simple and entails sending in a small sample of stool, which is then analysed for signs of cancer. It is believed that the reason most do not respond is from embarrassment. As a result the Irish Cancer Society estimates that hundreds of lives are lost each year. The test can prevent cancer developing in the first place and, if there are indications of cancer present, then the sooner it is detected the better chance of recovery. I write about this because I have had bowel cancer and I know the importance of early detection. Mine was discovered through a routine blood test, followed by a colonoscopy. I cannot say that the surgery and chemotherapy treatment were pleasant but the alternative was not an option. I know what it is like to be given the bad news that I had the ‘Big C’ but I also know how good it is to be told by the Oncologist that you are well on your way to good health again. When one thinks about it - a few moments of embarrassment or a few minutes out of your busy life to do the test and post it back is a small price to pay to avoid the surgery and the treatment or even an early death. If you don’t receive the invite then you should go to your doctor and get the test done through your GP. and have you bloods checked on a regular basis. Us men often put things like that on hold but don’t wait. The test wasn’t available to me when I was that age and I was lucky but you should take no chances and do the simple test to put your mind at ease. There are also common warning signs which you may get and, if you do, see the doctor right away. The signals can be: Diarrhoea/constipation or any change in bowel movements; a feeling of having a full bowel even after using the toilet; Pain in your tummy or back passage; a fullness in your tummy or trapped wind; unexpected weight loss; tired and breathless; Bleeding from your rectum or blood in your stool. These all need to be checked out by your GP. The message is then – do the test, catch it early if its there, and beat it.