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Bowel cancer screening test being ignored by half of North West

Nearly half of people living in the North West ignore the bowel cancer screening test – people’s lives are at risk

On average only 53% of people living in the North West who are sent the bowel cancer screening test for free in the post actually complete it. Bowel Cancer UK, the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, is encouraging people living in the region to take part in the screening programme as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

In April alone across the UK, nearly 3,500 people will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and over 1,300 people will die of the disease. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer, however it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Uptake rates for bowel cancer screening are low with huge variations across the North West. The bottom five areas that need to see the most improvement are Central Manchester (40%), North Manchester (42%), South Manchester (44%), Liverpool (47%) and Knowsley (48%). The top five areas with the highest uptake are Eastern Cheshire (61%), Cumbria (60%), West Cheshire (59%), Fylde & Wyre (58%) and Southport & Formby (57%).

Source: OTS News