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Bowel cancer screening

PUBLISHED: 10:14 02 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:55 03 July 2010

ALL men and women between the age of 60-70 years and registered with a GP in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT area are being invited to take part in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

ALL men and women between the age of 60-70 years and registered with a GP in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT area are being invited to take part in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

In June 2009, this screening programme will be extended to cover up to the age of 75 years.

On Wednesday, the bowel cancer screening nurses will be in Market Gates Shopping Centre in Great Yarmouth from 9am to 3pm to raise the awareness and answer any questions regarding bowel cancer.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) was one of the very first sites in the country to introduce the new national screening programme to help detect bowel cancer at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be effective.

The NNUH team is working in partnership with the James Paget University Hospital and with this screening programme approximately one death from bowel cancer per week will be prevented across the Norfolk and Waveney area.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK . Around 80 per cent of bowel cancers arise in people who are over 60. There are around 35,000 cases of bowel cancer identified in the UK each year . There are approximately 16,000 deaths a year from bowel cancer.

Although bowel cancer affects more than one in 20 people in their lifetime, 90 per cent survive if it is caught early

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