Eyes down for bowel cancer screening

Stockport Council has teamed up with Gala Bingo to increase awareness of bowel cancer screening.

Council staff joined bingo players at two special events at Gala’s Stockport bingo hall to provide advice and answer questions on bowel cancer screening.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Executive member for Health said: “In the middle of the ‘two little ducks’ (22) and ‘droopy drawers’ (44) bingo calls, it was fantastic to see Council staff passing on vitally important information on bowel cancer screening and allaying people’s concerns. We want to make sure that people know the ‘full house’ of facts when it comes to Bowel cancer screening.”

Kevin Feeley from Gala Bingo said: “We were pleased to work with the Council to offer our customers more information about this very important screening programme as many of our bingo players fall in the target age group for screening.”

Dr. Vicci-Owen- Smith, Clinical Director at NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group said:  “I would encourage anyone who has received the bowel cancer screening kit to follow the instructions and return the kit. Some people don’t return the test kit because they don’t think they need to take part if they’re not feeling ill. But screening is designed to detect bowel cancer before any symptoms develop. Even if the kit does show something out of the ordinary, it doesn’t mean it will turn out to be cancer. But if it is cancer, catching it at an early stage means it is easier to treat successfully.”
People aged 60-74 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 test that can be done in the privacy of your own home. It is designed to detect early signs of bowel cancer.

For more information  search online for  “Be Clear on Cancer”   or visit www.cruk.org.uk/beclearoncancer or call the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

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