MP welcomes new NHS Service
Andrew Turner the Island’s MP, has welcomed the decision by the Health Service to begin Bowel Screening on the Island. It had been planned to roll out the programme across the country by April 2010, but plans to deliver the service on the Island using staff from Portsmouth hit a snag when the age limit was raised from 69 to 75. The age extension meant there was not enough capacity to provide the service for Isle of Wight residents.
The Island’s Semi Colon Group, who support people with bowel cancer, together with a number of individuals raised the issue with Mr Turner who in turn raised it with the Health Service. It has been clarified that the service will now be delivered for Islanders and letters will start being sent out to patients eligible for the screening programme over the next few weeks.
The lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer for men is around one in 18. For women, it is around one in 20 and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths with over 16,000 people dying from it each year. Screening can detect the cancer at an early stage when treatment is most likely to be effective and also detect polyps which can develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of cancer developing.
Mr Turner said :
“I am very glad the Semi Colon Group raised this issue with me. This is an important and effective programme and I urge Islanders to take part if they receive a letter inviting them to do so. Screening can either identify problems or give you peace of mind”