April is bowel cancer awareness month.
Our cancer risk assessment team will be available to discuss and provide information about bowel awareness, bowel cancer risk factors and cancer family history.
Bowel cancer will affect 1 in 18 of the general population in their lifetime. The NHS bowel cancer screening programme is offered to people from 60-74 where a home testing kit is sent through the post every two years. Getting older is the main risk factor for bowel cancer, but having a family history of bowel cancer and making certain lifestyle choices may impact on individual’s risk of developing the disease. Being bowel aware is important to people of all ages. Most bowel cancers happen by chance and only approximately 5-10% are due to inherited gene faults.
Some people may be eligible to have earlier and more regular bowel screening due to their family history of bowel cancer. These people would benefit from an appointment at the cancer family history clinic to establish their risk level and required screening frequency.
The cancer risk assessment service is available to all women and men who are registered with a GP in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Referrals are accepted from all health professionals by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about our bowel cancer services.