N Ireland Bowel Cancer Awareness Campaign
Friday, February 03, 2012
Bowel cancer screening could save approximately 60
lives a year in Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA)
said today as it encourages participation in the Northern Ireland
Bowel Cancer Screening Programme with a new public awareness
Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in
Northern Ireland and claims the lives of 400 local people each
year*, but when detected at a very early stage there is a 90%
successful treatment rate.
All men and women aged 60-69 year are currently
invited for screening every two years and from April 2012 this will
be extended to everyone aged 60-71 years.
The screening kit is used to detect traces of blood
in the bowel motion, which if found can lead to further tests. Most
people who are tested will have no blood in their bowel motions and
will be invited to repeat the screening test two years later. Only
10 people in every 500 who complete the test kit will have traces
of blood in their bowel motion and only one of these will have
Anyone who has received the test kit in N Ireland and
has questions about how to use it please call the Freephone
Helpline number 0800 015 2514.