Resource launched in Scotland for people with learning difficulties
Thursday, September 06, 2012
A new resource was today launched by Bowel Cancer UK, to help
people with learning disabilities make informed choices about bowel
health and their Scottish bowel screening programme invitation.
The 'Bowel Health and Screening' pack, for people aged between
50 and 74, includes a guide for carers which aims to give them the
confidence to discuss good bowel health. The guide recognises the
vital role carers play in helping support those they care for make
choices about their health on a daily basis. Also included is Bowel
Cancer UK's Good Bowel Health book and the Scottish National Bowel
Screening Programme's Bowel Screening DVD resource.
The launch event, at the Abercorn Conference Centre, Paisley,
was hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who are also a key
partner, along with Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities
and NHS Health Scotland, with funding from Awards for All.
Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said: "We know that
the earlier cancer is found the easier it is to treat and that our
bowel screening programme provides the best opportunity to find
cancer at the earliest stage. It is therefore vital that bowel
screening is accessible to all and I am delighted to support a new
resource which will give those with learning disabilities and their
carers the tools and support to decide whether screening is right
Sarah Porch, Director of Services, Bowel Cancer UK said: "Bowel
cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Scotland but it
needn't be, as if it is caught early it is very treatable.
Ensuring everyone knows about the symptoms of bowel
cancer and the importance of going to their doctor if they
have them is crucial. Understanding the importance of and taking
part in the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is also
extremely important. The clear and concise information
and images in this resource will help promote good bowel health
and earlier diagnosis of bowel cancer and so
At the launch event were approximately 100 attendees including
people with learning disabilities, NHS health improvement teams,
screening representatives, learning disability nurses, public
health professionals, care providers, representatives from Bowel
Cancer UK and other Third Sector organisations.