Almost 70 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in Wexford each year

By Esther Hayden

Almost 70 new cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed in Wexford each year.

New figures released by the Irish Cancer Society show that bowel cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Ireland with the latest figures saying that over 2,500 people are diagnosed every year, and approximately 66 of these cases are in Wexford.

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the Irish Cancer Society said that information on bowel cancer continues to be the most sought after information by the public on its website.

Joan Kelly, Cancer Support Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said:

'Bowel cancer usually occurs in people over 60 years of age and is often diagnosed in the later stages. However, if bowel cancer is caught early, it is extremely treatable.

'During the Month of April the Society will be campaigning to make everyone in Wexford aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

'This year we have also developed an easy to use online Bowel Health Checker which is a short quiz designed to inform people about staying healthy being aware of their bowel health and informing people about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer. Once completed, there is a handy printout to take to your doctor should it be needed.

'Also vital in improving bowel cancer survival rates is informing about the State's free screening programme - BowelScreen.

'In its first screening round, from October 2012 to December 2015, BowelScreen had a screening uptake rate of just four in ten people, meaning an average of six in ten people are not taking up the offer of screening.

'Screening is vital in diagnosing cancers early and we need to see it as a central part of a healthy lifestyle. If we're eligible for free screening, we should take it up.'

To speak to a cancer nurse on any aspect of bowel cancer contact the Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700, email cancernurseline@irishcancer.ie or drop into one of 13 Daffodil Centres in hospitals nationwide.

For information on Daffodil Centre locations email daffodilcentreinfo@irishcancer.ie.

Visit www.cancer.ie/bowel for more information and to take the Online Bowel Health Checker.

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