16.05.2016

Bowel cancer test kit free refills

The South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invites men and women aged 60 to 74 for free screening using the home test kit every two years.
The programme screens people from the areas of Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside, using a home test kit, the faecal occult blood test (FOB test).
Bowel cancer screening using the home test kit aims to detect cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms).
If you are over 74 years, you will no longer receive an automatic invitation for screening, but can contact us on 0800 707 60 60 every two years if you wish to take part in the screening programme. Regular bowel cancer screening using the FOB test has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.
If you have any questions about the bowel cancer screening programmes, contact us on 0800 707 60 60. Participants will receive test results, usually 2 weeksa€™ after the last date of submission of FIT kit.
We provide transportation and personalised support to all our subjects with a view to ensure that they receive the medical treatment that they need. Twenty years ago, I was presenter of the BBC's primetime investigative series Watchdog, married to my co-presenter John Stapleton and with a toddler son, Nicholas. Singer Andy Forray was in the original cast of the hit musical Hair 40 years agoA  -A  today he has just become one of the latest people whose life has been saved by the screening programme. When artist Jackie Hall, 63, received a free kit from the NHS two years ago, she had not even heard of the screening programme. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. This is to inform you that our Practice is participating in Bowel Cancer Screening Programme for patients age 60-69. We have been recently advised by the National Bowel Screening Programme that some patients have failed to return the test kit for analysis that were provided by the screening programme.
The Practice firmly believes that this simple test is a valuable aid in detecting any potential signs of bowel cancer cells, and would encourage to reconsider your decision. Please remember that these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have a bowel cancer, but if you have one or more of these symptoms for four to six weeks, you should see your GP. Should you no longer have the test kit and now wish to take part, you can call the Screening freephone 0800 707 6060 and ask for another.
We are currently running a scheme to help patients on COPD register to treat an infection as soon as possible by having an emergency pack of medication at home.
We have contacted all eligible patients but if you have missed your appointment please contact our surgery on 020 8340 5952 to book an appointment with our practice nurse.
NHS screening invitations will be sent to men age 65 this year and those age over 65 can request a scan. Screening does this by finding breast cancer at an early stage when they are too small to see or feel.
Women age 50 to 70 registered at The Crouch Hall Road Surgery will be invited to have breast screening every 3 years. Some women age 47 and over 70 will also be invited as part of study of screening younger and older women. Symptom checkerAssess your symptoms online with this handy tool created by Patient, and receive feedback for your best course of action.


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The test identifies hidden blood in the stool sample that could be caused by a polyp or cancer. I had never heard of the second-biggest cancer killer in the countryA  -A  but it was growing dangerously inside me. When I went to my then GP surgery with what I thought was just a bit of rectal bleeding, I was told it was 'nothing to worry about at your age, probably piles'. I didn't worry, but something made me go back to a different GP months later when the subtle symptom continued.
Then I was invited for a colonoscopy.' Andy's appointment was at Lewisham Hospital in South London, where Dr O'Donohue found he had a number of polyps, one of which was turning cancerous. It was almost a year before I was finally diagnosedA  -A  to my complete shock and devastationA  -A  with Stage C advanced bowel cancer.
A third test showed an abnormal result and she was invited for a colonoscopy, at St George's Hospital, South London. When I read that my chances of survival at that time, on paper, were just 34 per cent, the hairs on the back of my head stood up in fear and I faced years of worrying whether I would live to see my son grow up. The colonoscopy found cancer so Jackie then had surgery followed by six months of chemotherapy. She now has CT scans for a further three years, an annual blood test and appointment with a consultant. Now we have gone from zero to heroA  -A  and all credit to the Government for announcing a new world-beating screening programme for bowel cancer, which starts rolling out across England from next year. The existing programme is based on home-testing kits looking for traces of hidden blood in our stools, with follow-up colonoscopy if the kits show a problem. One of the benefits of this programme is that it's curative as well as investigative.' But Lansley believes that 'people will be more willing to respond than to the present programme'. The Health Secretary also wants to tackle what we eat, believing the country's changing diet over the years is worryingA  -A  'with consequently rising rates of bowel cancer'.
In the English screening programme, more than 7,000 cases of cancer have already been found at a much earlier, curable stageA  -A  doubling the rate of early detection. These kits have already been sent to most of the homes of those aged 50 or over in Scotland (ahead because almost half of Scotland was an original pilot site), and those aged 60 or above in England, with Wales and Ireland now joining in. What the Government announced towards the end of last year was A?60 million for a free five-minute short colonoscopy test called 'Flexi-Scope' for 55-year-olds in England, the result of research led by Professor Wendy Atkin and colleagues at Imperial College, London.
Next month, if you are 55 and live in Derbyshire, Teesside or Sunderland, you will be invited to take this test to help to design the new screening programme for the rest of us. Prof Atkin, who studies patterns of cancer at Imperial, came up with the supposition, while studying for her PhD, that people in their late 50s were either predisposed towards developing bowel cancer, growing warty-like growths in their bowels called polypsA  -A  or they were unlikely to develop it at any age.
If you removed any potentially dangerous polyps from the lower bowel within reach of the Flexi-Scope, it might be possible to stop most of those people from developing bowel cancer.
Over the next 12 years, Prof Atkin raised 'A?6million to A?7million' from the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and any other source of funding she could find, recruiting 14 hospitals to take part and inviting 170,000 people to join a trial.


More than 40,000 people volunteered to take the five-minute Flexi-Scope test and to be followed up for at least ten years to test if the hypothesis was right. Here you have a five-minute screening test that could cut people's risk of developing bowel cancer by a third and cut their risk of dying from the UK's second most lethal cancer by 45 per cent.' But Prof Atkin had no idea that the Government would act so quickly. More men develop bowel cancer, they get it at an earlier age and they get more rectal cancers, a difficult one to treat which can leave some men impotent and incontinent, with a permanent colostomy.
What was especially encouraging about the Atkin trial was that more men than women came forward to take the invasive Flexi-Scope test. So to everyone in Teesside, Derbyshire and SunderlandA  -A  please do the test if it is offered to you. Not only could it reduce your chances dramatically of developing this cancerA  -A  you will increase the chances of the rest of us being offered the test.
In California, where the health insurance and hospital group Kaiser Permanente has been running a Flexi-Scope programme for many years, they are talking about 'abolishing rectal cancer'.
The plan for the future is to offer two screening programmes in EnglandA  -A  the five-minute Flexi-Scope at the age of 55, with pilot programmes rolling out as the money becomes available, probably next year, and the hidden blood stool tests sent to our homes from 60 to 75.
Scotland is continuing with hidden blood kits from age 50; Wales and Ireland have started sending out kits from 60 and will develop their programmes from the evidence produced in the rest of the UK. On February 3, the European Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening will be launched in Brussels, led by a British team under Professor Julietta Patnick. They are based mainly on home stool tests and follow-up colonoscopy but also by watching the UK expe r i enc e with Flexi-Scope screening with interest. So what will happen to you if you are invited to take part in either bowel cancer-screening programme? In a Flexi-ScopeA  -A  the five-minute short colonoscopy testA  -A  you will be offered an enema to clean out the lower bowel on the day of the procedure; a sort of turkey-baster of liquid which you either self-administer to your bottom at home a couple of hours earlier, or it can be administered at the hospital with a wait for it to take effect. At Lewisham Hospital, where John O'Donohue is Head of Endoscopy, the procedure is well organised.
No sedation is needed and people can leave immediately afterwards.' Does Lewisham Hospital have the resources to implement the Flexi-Scope programme? Home-testing kits are sent through the post every two years inviting people to smear three small samples of stool on to a treated card which you return in a hygienically sealed, prepaid envelope.
One in ten colonoscopies in the screening programme is currently finding a cancerA  -A  which is usually at an earlier, more curable stageA  -A  and four in ten find polyps or other abnormalities. Nationally, the take-up rate in the NHS bowel cancer-screening programme is about 56 per cent, with twice as many cancers found at an early, curable stage than in the symptomatic population. The residents of Devon and the East of England are among the best at joining inA  -A  around 60 per cent take the test. One recent study found more than half of those invited for colonoscopy after screening had symptomsA  -A  and a quarter had symptoms that would be regarded as urgent, symptoms which should have been investigated earlier.



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