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Baccas Bowel and Colon cancer Awareness Charity SC037701

Bowel Cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK. after Lung Cancer
Around 16,200 died of bowel cancer in the UK in 2012 more than 44 people every day.
Bowel cancer in Scotland is the 3rd most common cancer in both sexes. If caught in the early stages there is a good chance of surviving.
Only 9 out of every 100 (9%) in Scotland are diagnosed in the early stages. 30 out of 100 (30%) have advanced stages when they seek help.
In Scotland people from the age of 50 to 74 will get sent to them every 2 years a bowel screening kit. This is a very simple test to do and you do it in your own home then send it off.
A friend of mine got her's did it and sent it back there was something there so she got treatment and she is all clear now so it really does catch things early.
If you think something is not right with your bowel motions do not put off go to the doctor and they will get it looked at.
April is Bowel cancer awareness so please help in some way to raise awareness of this cancer. You do not need to wait till April anytime would be good to do something to help raise awareness of this cancer. Please if you do get your bowel testing kit do the test. It is the new test now. It is much easier to do. The new test is also much more sensitive and is picking up much more than before that is very good but please if you get a possitive result do not panic it does not always mean it is cancer but if it is then it is found early and the out come could be very good. If your test comes back positive you will get a letter whith a number you have to phone to make an appointment for a phone consultation. When they phone you they will ask you questions then ask if you want to go a head with the colonoscopy you will also be asked if you want sedation or gas and air it is up to you but it is much better to get it done because if you do not go it wil always be at tne back of your mind. If you say yes you will be givem a date and time then you will be sent a letter and the medication you have to take before you go for the colonoscopy there are full instruction with it and it is easy to take. At the hospital you will again be asked and then you will begiven a pair of short and 2 gowns to put on, you take of all your clothes put on the shorts with the hole at the back and one gown on with the openning at the back and the second gown the normal way so you are covered up all the time.If you have gone for the sedation they will put a canula in your hand ready for the sedation. If you go for sedation you cannot drive aferwards and you will need someone to stay with you over night and you will be in the hospital a bit longer to recover.If you go for gas and air you will be fine to go home as soon as it is all over and you have had your tea and toast.The colonoscopy takes about 40 mins and it is not sore. I do know what I am talking about because I had to have one just a few weeks ago and I took gas and air and I think I really only used it once. You can also watch it on the screen as they do it. You will be told as soon as it is over what they have found.

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