Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

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April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and as always Bowel Cancer UK and Cancer Research UK have launched some great campaigns to raise awareness to the disease.

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Bowel cancer caused 15,708 deaths in 2010 but recent studies have shown that cancer survival rate has doubled compared to 40 years ago; it really does show that research has come a long way over the years and there is still a lot more that needs to be done to combat cancer.

As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness, Bowel Cancer UK has launched the Great Start Breakfast where friends, family and colleagues can raise funds by hosting a breakfast morning.

Great start

Bowel cancer screening is available in the UK and men and women aged 60 – 69 in England are sent a testing kit every 2 years, in Ireland men and women aged between 60 and 71 are invited to screenings, in Scotland men and women aged from 50 to 74 are screened and in Wales, men and women aged from 60 to 74 are sent home testing kits. Testing kits can be requested and any changes can be reported to a GP at any time where further tests can be conducted.

I think it is so important to look after our health, no matter what our age and screenings should be available to everyone, especially those at a higher risk of developing any cancers particularly the elderly.

Both Cancer Research UK and Bowel Cancer UK have done a tremendous job raising awareness over the years and Cancer Research UK is the only charity investigating all types of cancers and any ways that can help eradicate the disease. I hope April is a successful month for the awareness campaigns and that the much-needed funds can be raised.

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Author: kathparson

Chief Executive of Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK)

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