North Staffordshire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

The screening team at the Royal Stoke Hospital are raising awareness of bowel cancer by doing health promotion sessions and activities around North Staffordshire.

  Screening is a way of testing healthy people to see if they show any early signs of cancer. Bowel cancer screening can save lives.

  Bowel cancer is the fourth biggest cancer but the second biggest cause of cancer deaths in the UK. Approximately every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel 41,000 people every year.

  All men and women aged 60-74 are invited to carry out a faecal occult blood (FOB) test.  Every two years, they’re sent a home test kit, which is used to collect a stool sample.

Symptoms can include:

· Bleeding from the bottom/and or blood in your poo

· A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit

· Unexplained weight loss

· Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason

· A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. But if you have one or more of these, or if things don’t feel right, go to see your GP.

  If you’re 75 or over, you can ask for this test by calling 0800 707 60 60. Or you can email bcsp.uhnm.nhs.uk