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Frequently Asked Questions

Bowel Cancer Screening

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

How common is bowel cancer?
Bowel Cancer is the third most common cancer after breast and lung. 35,000 people are diagnosed each year.

Does it affect men more than women?
No both men and women are equally at risk of getting bowel cancer.

How do I take part in the screening programme?
If you aged 60-74 and registered with a GP you will automatically be sent an invitation by post to take part in the screening programme. If you want more information click on the link on what is bowel cancer screening and you can listen to Bowel Cancer Screening - The Facts.

Is my GP involved in the programme?
Your GP will be notified of your test kit result by letter. He or she is also available to talk to you if you have any questions on the bowel cancer screening programme.

What is the bowel, and how does it work?
The bowel is part of the digestive system. It is divided into the small and large bowel. The function of the bowel is that food passes from the stomach to the small bowel. Any undigested food passes through the large bowel, water is removed from the waste and held in the back passage until we are ready to go to the toilet. If you want more information on the bowel and bowel cancer, please visit  www.beatingbowelcancer.org and  www.cancerresearchuk.org

What if I do not come into the age range?
If you are over 74 you can ring and ask for a screening kit by calling the free phone number 0800 707 6060. If you are under 60 you must contact your doctor for advice on what is available.

I've received an appointment to see a practitioner in clinic... does this mean I have cancer?
No, you have received an appointment as your test kit results have shown an abnormality. This does not necessarily mean that you have cancer, but it does mean that we need to investigate findings further with a test called a colonoscopy.

Where are the clinics held to go and see the Bowel Screening Nurses?
The clinics are held in Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall. Go to the home page and click on the Areas we Cover. A map of the areas we cover and clinic addresses are provided.

What kind of diet might help me avoid getting bowel cancer?
Bowel Cancer is not preventable by diet alone; other lifestyle changes can help to reduce your risk of bowel cancer. If you want more information on how to reduce your risk you can visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.

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