Today marks the first day of April; bowel cancer awareness month here in the UK.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer killer in the UK, third biggest killer in the world, and affects both men and women. The NHS claims that 72% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over the age of 65 and everyone in the UK is offered screening between the ages of 60 and 69. The screening programme in England is currently being extended to the ages of 70 – 75, in addition an extra screening programme is being introduced over the next three years for people at the age of 55.
But what about the younger generation? According to Bowel Cancer UK, around 2,000 people are diagnosed under the age of 50 every year in the UK, which is just 5% of the 40,000 people diagnosed in the UK each year. This is why they have launched a ‘Never Too Young’ campaign to help raise support and awareness of bowel cancer aimed at people younger than the age of 50. For more information, head on over to Bowel Cancer UK’s Never Too Young campaign or search for the hashtag #Never2Young on Twitter.