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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Over 70 people diagnosed with bowel cancer each year

Esther Hayden

Over 70 people in Wexford diagnosed with the bowel cancer every year

At the launch of its annual Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, the Irish Cancer Society has said that over 2,700 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in Ireland, and approximately 75 of these cases are in Wexford. More than 1,000 people die from the disease every year, making it the second most common cause of cancer death in Ireland.

Kevin O'Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said: 'Bowel cancer most commonly 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 so we would encourage people to be aware of the signs and symptoms and to take our online Bowel Health Checker: www.cancer.ie/bowelhealth

'Worryingly, 60 per cent of bowel cancer cases occur in men but only 35 per cent of eligible males have availed of the State's free screening programme compared to 45 per cent of women. It is vital that people avail of the free service that is offered every two years to men and women aged between 60 and 69 as screening plays an important role in diagnosing cancers. A healthy lifestyle and a diet, high in fibre, can also help to reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer.'

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