Kits could save lives

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OLDER people in Yorkshire and the Humber are being encouraged to use life-saving bowel screening kits during bowel cancer awareness week.

The Be Loud, Be Clear campaign is being run by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer and ends on Monday.

The kits, designed to detect the early stages of bowel cancer which is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, are being rolled out to everyone between the ages of 60 and 75.

Liz Henley from NHS Yorkshire and the Humber said: “Bowel cancer can be present even when there are no obvious symptoms and so we would really encourage people to use the free kit.

“The earlier bowel cancer is detected the greater the chance a person has of making a full and speedy recovery.”

People aged between 60 and 75 and who are registered with a GP will automatically receive a test kit through the post.