Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in NI. Every year 1,100 people in NI are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 400 people die from the disease. If you are aged between 60-74 you should automatically be sent the FOB home screening kit every 2 years. It is really important you complete and return the FOB kit as regular bowel screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.
WRDA’s ground breaking Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness programme was developed to tackle the low uptake of screening invitations by women living in some areas of NI. The programme is delivered by Community Facilitators who have completed our accredited Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development. The bowel session is available to both men and women and like the breast and cervical sessions can be fully tailored to meet the needs of groups with additional needs such as sight impairment, learning disability or non-English speakers.
Before taking part in our programme only 53% of men and women surveyed said they
knew what a FOB kit was. This increased to 99% after the training with 95% of those surveyed saying they would now use the FOB kit. The programme is available free for community groups, if you would like to find out more call the office on 028 9023 0212.