PEOPLE can benefit from a four-minute test at Queen Alexandra Hospital to see if they have bowel cancer.
The site is one of few hospitals nationally that can check outpatients for signs of cancer using a short tube called a flexible sigmoidoscopy.
The procedure means a person does not need to go under anaesthetic and a diagnosis can be made within five minutes.
Arnold Peace, 69, of Dore Avenue, Portchester, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last April. It was detected using the shorter tube.
The retired HMS Warrior quartermaster, pictured, said: ‘I have to say the treatment was marvellous.
‘They really didn’t beat around the bush. Once it was diagnosed I was told and treated very quickly.
‘It might seem embarrassing to have it done, but it could save your life just as easily.’
Each year 5,000 patients are checked at the Cosham hospital.
Michael Thompson is a colorectal surgeon at QA and has been developing a symptom-checker website, which he is promoting to tie in with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
He said: ‘We have built a system online to check for symptoms so people can see if changes in bowel movement are a sign of something being wrong.
‘If you’re concerned I would always say go and visit your GP.’
For more information visit haveigotbowelcancer.com.