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Islanders urged to have Bowel Cancer screening

April marks Bowel Cancer Awareness month and islanders are being encouraged to make healthy changes to their diet and lifestyle Photo: ITV Channel TV

People in Jersey are being urged to have their bowels checked for cancer.

April marks Bowel Cancer Awareness month and islanders are being encouraged to make healthy changes to their diet and lifestyle to ensure they have a healthy bowel.

Dr David Ng, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Jersey Hospital, says bowel cancer 'can hit anyone at any time'.

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He says it is rarely occurs in people under the age of 50, but if you have any of these symptoms, you should seek medical advice:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo​
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for six ​weeks or more
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason

Islanders aged 60 and over are invited by letter to attend a free bowel screening appointment at the hospital.

Of the 685 people who went last year, 62 high-risk polyps which had the potential of developing into cancer were removed.

Dr Ng and his team, who are based at the Endoscopy Unit at Jersey Hospital, are now urging Islanders who receive an invitation to come to their appointment.

Although we understand that someone might be embarrassed about coming for bowel screening, I and my team would reassure them that there’s no need to be.

We perform hundreds of endoscopies a year, and we want to keep you healthy.

Remember that your GP is not embarrassed either, so please always go to your GP if you have any unusual bowel symptoms for you.

– Dr David Ng, Consultant Gastroenterologist