Patients urged to use cancer screening kits’

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PATIENTS are being urged to take up the offer of bowel cancer screening after figures revealed only 40 per cent of people in Portsmouth have done so.

NHS England’s Wessex Screening Team said not enough eligible people aged between 60 and 74 in the city have taken part.

The test kits can help ensure cases of the potentially life-threatening illnesses are picked up early.

Clare Simpson, public health consultant for NHS England Wessex Area Team said: ‘April is bowel cancer awareness month and a good time to remind people of the importance of screening, but the message stands all year round.

‘Everyone who receives an invitation from the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Centre should take up the offer to be screened. It’s a simple but important test that allows us to detect bowel cancer early.

‘If we can identify cancer early enough, we can begin treatments sooner. This can make a big difference to patients and can save lives.”

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, But more than 90 per cent of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancers are successfully treated.