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Don’t ignore your bowel screening kit – It could save your life

Bowel Screening Wales is urging Wrexham residents between the age of 60 and 74 to return their bowel screening kits. At present less than half the people who are sent a bowel screening kit complete the test.

A campaign will be launched on the 14th February in partnership with Wrexham Local Service Board aimed at getting more local people to take the test. Tenovus ‘Sing with Us’ Choir will officially launch the campaign at an event in the Guild Hall at 12pm and information about bowel screening, healthy living advice and Stop Smoking Wales service will be available until 2pm.

During the campaign, bowel screening will be promoted on radio, social media and in newspapers in the area. Local businesses and charities are supporting the campaign by displaying posters and leaflets.

Hannah Jones, Screening Engagement Specialist for Bowel Screening Wales said, “We invite men and women between the age of 60 and 74 to take the test. It is simple screening test kit which can be completed in their privacy of their own home. A kit is automatically sent to a participant’s home address every two years but we are concerned that only 48% of people in the Wrexham area return them which is lower than other areas.

We want as many people to benefit from this simple test that could save lives. Screening detects bowel cancer at an early stage, often when there are no symptoms, and when treatment is most effective. We urge people to overcome the embarrassment and complete the test kit as it could save their lives. If you’ve misplaced your kit please call us so we can send you a new one on 0800 2943370.”

For more information about Bowel Screening Wales please visit the website at www.screeningservices.org/bsw or telephone the free phone helpline number on 0800 294 3370.

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