Bowel scope screening helps reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.
This relatively new screening test uses flexible sigmoidoscopy – a procedure that examines the rectum and lower colon – to find and remove small bowel growths, called polyps, that could eventually turn into cancer. During the bowel scope procedure, any polyps found can usually be removed straight away.
We are implementing a one-off bowel scope screening test across England for men and women at the age of 55. We will complete implementation over the next few years and it should save up to 3,000 lives per year.
A new film uses simple language and pictures to explain this new test in areas where bowel scope screening has been implemented. The film is aimed specifically at people with learning disabilities and their carers but can be used by everyone to help ensure equal access to screening.
The 30-minute film, made with the help of Lincolnshire and Leicester bowel cancer screening centres, Leicestershire Partnership Trust and Lincolnshire community learning disabilities teams, explains:
- what bowel scope screening is
- why people should have it
- getting ready for a bowel scope test
- what happens at the appointment
- why some people may not be suitable for the test
- symptoms that could indicate you have bowel cancer
Tim Davies, Screening and Immunisation Lead at NHS England (Central Midlands), said: “Bowel screening for cancer saves lives. Figures show that for every 300 people screened, 1 life is saved and 2 people can avoid bowel cancer. No one should be excluded from accessing the service which is why this film has been made.”
You can view the film here or call 0800 707 6060 to get your free copy and easy-read guide.
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