Park Lane Practice

April Is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Every 15 minutes somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK, that’s nearly 43,000 people each year.

This April, for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we’re calling on you to join us. Together we can raise more awareness and support even more people affected by the disease. Together we are stronger. Together we can save more lives. 

How the practice can support you

NHS bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer. It’s available to everyone aged 60 or over and 56 year olds. If you have any symptoms or are concerned, contact the practice to arrange an appointment with one of our clinicians.

You use a home test kit, called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood.

Blood can be a sign of polyps or bowel cancer. Polyps are growths in the bowel. They are not cancer, but may turn into cancer over time.

If the test finds anything unusual, you might be asked to have further tests to confirm or rule out cancer.

Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age, even if you have recently completed a NHS bowel cancer screening test kit – do not wait to have a screening test.