Life-saving cancer screening missed by many over-60s

April 28 2017

HEALTH experts said a large proportion of people over 60 in South Gloucestershire were failing to take up the offer of potentially life-saving screening for bowel cancer.

HEALTH experts said a large proportion of people over 60 in South Gloucestershire were failing to take up the offer of potentially life-saving screening for bowel cancer.

Just 58 per cent of those between 60 and 74 in the district were using the opportunity to be assessed within six months of being invited to take part through the use of home screening kits.

More than 41,000 people nationally are diagnosed every year with the condition yet nine out of ten patients are treated successfully when the cancer is found in its earliest stage.

The number of people dying from the disease has been falling since the 1970s due to earlier diagnosis and better treatment. 

Dr Glenda Beard, the clinical lead for cancer for South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer. But it shouldn’t be as it is both treatable and curable, especially if it is diagnosed early

“However, thousands of people in our area are missing the chance of early detection of their bowel cancer as they are failing to do their screening.”