Bowel Cancer Screening Awareness
A Be Clear on Cancer bowel cancer screening awareness campaign launched across the North West on Monday 9th January and will run until 2nd April 2017.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of, and promote participation in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme among those who are eligible to participate (i.e. 60 – 74 year olds). People in this age bracket who are registered with a GP will receive an NHS bowel cancer screening kit through the post, every two years. Bowel cancer screening is a simple and private test that can be done at home. It is designed to detect the early signs of bowel cancer. Even if you are not in this age category you probably know a member of your family or friend that is. Please encourage them to take the test.
The key message of the campaign is “This little kit could save your life”, and is supported by secondary messages that aim to overcome some common misconceptions about bowel screening, such as the test “is meant for people with no symptoms” and “it can find bowel cancer at an early stage, when it is easier to treat successfully”.
Adverts will appear on TV (ITV), on bus stops and billboards, on the inside of buses (Merseyside only), in regional newspapers and on Facebook. A direct mailing which endorses the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, will also be sent to some people living in the North West who receive a bowel cancer screening kit between 20th February and 31st March 2017.
Anne Mackie, Director of Screening, Public Health England explained “It is important that we raise awareness of the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and highlight that screening is a choice.”
Every year, 2000 people aged 60 – 74 are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the North West and 600 people of the same age in the region will die from the disease
Bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16 per cent. When bowel cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 people will survive the disease for more than 5 years.
Dr Dan Seddon, who is the NHS Screening Lead Doctor for Merseyside, says “Bowel cancer screening really can save lives. The earlier the disease is found the higher the chances of
successful treatment. I hope that this advertising in the city will encourage more people to respond when they get their free test kit in the post.”
For more information visit www.cruk.org.uk/beclearoncancer or call the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline on Freephone 0800 707 60 60