February is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Screening before symptoms become present is important, because bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs. Surveillance may mean regular faecal occult blood testing (or FOBT) of the bowel movement for invisible blood. If positive for blood, colonoscopy is recommended to investigate the cause
Medical guidelines recommend people at average risk of bowel cancer screen using a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) every 2 years from age 50.
If you have one relative diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 55 years or older, screening should be considered every 2 years from age 45. You can order a bowel cancer screening kit through the website below or by booking an appointment with one of our practitioners.

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