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Waiting until 60 to get tested for bowel cancer can be too late, warns doctor

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Dr Dominic Rowley

Consultant Physician in Genitourinary Medicine, and member of the European AIDS Clinical Society and the Scientific Committee of EACS YING (Young Investigators Branch)

Bowel cancer is the second biggest killer cancer in the UK, and doctors are urging people to get tested if they suspect something is wrong.


But a bowel cancer expert at LetsGetChecked says people who don’t fit into the high risk category are often turned away by their GPs.

“People who don’t fit the risk bracket for bowel cancer can find it hard to be taken seriously” says Dr Dominic Rowley.

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“But it’s vital to get tested if you have symptoms, it could save your life. Doing nothing is the worst thing you can do” warns Dr Rowley.

That’s because bowel cancer is most treatable in the early stages and if diagnosed late, the survival rate is much lower.

Because many find it difficult to get a test through their GP, self-testing kits have now become a huge help in diagnosing bowel cancer.

Currently, the NHS only offers free self-testing kits for people aged over 60, which means sufferers under 60 can often go undiagnosed until it’s too late.

Self-testing kits are easy to use and leading provider, LetsGetChecked, offers a test for just £49, with results processed in the same labs as hospitals and primary care providers.

If you have any symptoms it’s vital to take action and get tested. Put simply, Dr Rowley says: “It could save your life.”

To encourage more people to get tested, LetsGetchecked is currently offering 20% off their bowel cancer test, with code TEST20.

Known as a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), it detects hidden blood in the stool, an early symptom of bowel cancer.

“If you have a change in bowel habits, or if you experience any bleeding — even if you think it’s just a haemorrhoid, and it doesn’t go away — just get tested. It could save your life” urges Dr Rowley.

LetsGetChecked’s FIT test is the first step in finding out if you could have bowel cancer. If blood is found, you’ll need a colonoscopy to determine if you definitely have bowel cancer.

As soon as you receive your test kit, all you do is collect your sample and return it on the same day in the pre-paid envelope. You’ll get your results in as a little as two days on your personalised online dashboard.

What’s even better is that a member of LetsGetChecked’s clinical team will give you a call to discuss your results, and offer advice on lifestyle changes or treatment options.

Checking your symptoms can save your life. If you have any symptoms, get tested today. Use the link below for 20% off.

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Great – get it done. Saw blood in my poo – reckoned that I wouldn’t see my GP for 3 weeks and after that would need to wait 2-3 weeks for test. Kit arrived in two days and results three days after return. Super nurse called me and after saying where she was from immediately said ‘all is OK’ before she asked for dob, dogs maiden name etc. I’m 52 now – brother died at 45 and father at 49 so cancer can happen – so don’t muck around! Do it! – Charles
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