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Islanders to be sent cancer kits

Month-long bowel awareness drive

From January 9 to the end of March, Manx people are being encouraged to screen for bowel cancer.

The Department of Health and Social Care is raising awareness of the disease throughout the month, in line with the UK's 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign.

Adverts on television, in newspapers and online have been displayed to encourage people to take a private test at home.

Islanders aged 60-74 and registered with a GP are being sent an NHS bowel cancer screening kit in the post.

Two-thousand people in that age bracket are diagnosed with the disease each year in the North West of England alone.

The test is designed to detect bowel cancer at the earliest stage possible, thus improving your chances of survivival should the results come back positive.

Health bosses on the Island are encouraging everyone involved to take part in the screening process.

More information can be found at cruk.org.uk/beclearoncancer, gov.im/screening or you can call the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline for free on 0800 707 60 60.

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