Since she was diagnosed in 2016, Dame Deborah James has brought bowel cancer into the spotlight, encouraged people to be aware of the symptoms and seek help if they notice them.
A Cardiff University-led UK-wide survey has found that more than 1 in 5 people are less likely to take part in cancer screening than before the pandemic.
Temporary disruption to the screening programme over the last year must not become a permanent setback in efforts to save more lives from cancer.
Half of people invited to bowel screening for the first time in 2015 didn’t take part, according to the latest figures from Cancer Research UK
Bowel scope screening uptake increased by more than a fifth (21.5%) when people were sent additional reminders with a leaflet that addressed common concerns.
A one-off bowel screening test reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer by more than one third and could save thousands of lives.
A 90 second advert on 18 January will give viewers a unique opportunity to see live inside the human body
Jogging the memory with a reminder letter to those who don’t respond to their bowel scope screening invitation could mean more people would take the test.
Bowel cancer is more likely to be diagnosed at the earliest stage if it is picked up by screening according to new figures.
The UK National Screening Committee has proposed changes to existing screening programmes for bowel and cervical cancer.