Cancer screening to take place in South Lincolnshire

South Lincolnshire over 50s are to gain access to a national screening programme for bowel cancer.

Commencing this month, people aged between 60 and 69 with GPs based in Crowland, the Deepings, Stamford and Bourne will begin to receive screening kits as part of a two-year rollout.

It is hoped that the non-intrusive test will allow for early detection of the disease, which affects one in 20 UK residents during their lifetime and is the second most prominent cause of cancer deaths.

Mr Madhav Menon, consultant colorectal surgeon at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The screening programme is the best method of detecting bowel cancer in the early stages, even before people have symptoms Early bowel cancer detection greatly improves survival rates."

Last week, the British Journal of Cancer published new findings from a Cancer Research UK study which demonstrated that vegetarians are less susceptible to the risk of stomach, bladder and blood cancers than meat eaters.

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