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Many of you will have known people who have had or have bowel cancer. It is potentially a killer disease.

NHS England’s new ‘Bowel Cancer Screening’ campaign launched on 20th February. This latest phase of NHS England’s ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign is designed to encourage people who are sent the NHS bowel cancer screening home test kit to complete and return it. The campaign runs until 31st March 2023. It is supported by Cancer Research UK.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Yet the latest data shows that (incredibly) almost one third of people who were sent a non-invasive NHS bowel cancer screening kit in England last year did not go on to complete it.

Early diagnosis is vital, as detecting bowel cancer at the earliest stage makes you up to 9 times more likely to be successfully treated.

The current campaign aims to increase the number of people returning a completed bowel cancer screening test, which can detect signs of cancer before they notice anything wrong.

Campaign activity is targeting people aged 56 to 74, to align with the age of eligibility for being sent a home test kit.