Sunday, 19 November 2017


Bowel screening saves lives

Published on 16 Apr 2013

bowel screening awareness compressed

As part of a local campaign to raise awareness of the importance of bowel screening, NHS Western Isles staff have been holding open drop-in sessions in local areas to give members of the public the opportunity to ask questions and take away information leaflets.

People between the ages of 50 and 74 are being encouraged to participate in bowel screening, when they receive the bowel screening kit in the post. Those aged over 74 can also request a kit every two years.

Nine out of 10 people will survive bowel cancer if it is detected early.

NHS Western Isles Medical Director, Dr James Ward, said: ""The earlier bowel cancer is detected the easier it is to treat and the better the chance of a successful outcome. That is why bowel screening is so important. It saves lives by detecting problems early and spotting symptoms that people may not know they have."