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Bowel Cancer Screening

27th February 2012

The Department of Health has launched the first national NHS campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is England's second most common cancer, with around 33000 new cases each year. It is estimated that 1700 additional lives could be saved each year if England's bowel cancer survival rates match the best in Europe. Bowel cancer affects both men and women. Nine out of ten people diagnosed with the disease are over 50 and those with a family history of bowel cancer are more at risk. Bowel cancer screening kits are sent to people aged 60-69 years every two years. If you're aged 70 and over, you can request a kit by phoning 0800 707 60 60. Using the screening kit can help detect bowel cancer early, before you have any symptoms. For further information, go to Bowel Cancer Campaign.
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