SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, has called on her constituents to take the potentially life-saving bowel screening test this month – part of a nationwide drive to encourage people to return their test as soon as they receive it.
The Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early (DCE) campaign will run for five weeks over August to encourage more people to do their test as soon as they receive it and, in doing so, join the ‘bowel movement’.
All adults aged 50-74 are invited to take part in bowel screening every two years in Scotland. The test remains the best way of finding bowel cancer early, when survival is 14 times more likely. The number of participants between November 2013 and October 2015 was over one million.
Commenting, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“The bowel screening test is the best way to catch bowel cancer early. I urge all constituents who have been sent a test to do it as soon as they receive it – with it being 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer when it is caught early.
“Over a million people completed the test between November 2013 and October 2015, which is an uptake of 57.5%. Whilst this is positive, the Scottish Government will always work to try and secure greater and earlier uptake, to ensure we find even more cancers as early as possible.
“Returning the test early really could be a lifesaver.”