bowel screening saved my lifeDuring Bowel Cancer Awareness Month you can get screening with us for only €39

Someone dies from bowel cancer in the UK every thirty minutes. And this shocking statistic is repeated in many countries around the world. Spain has an even higher incidence of bowel cancer than the UK.

Yet, many deaths from bowel cancer could be prevented. Bowel cancer is treatable when diagnosed at an early stage. But only a tiny amount, around nine per cent, of cases are caught early.

Routine screening is the best way to catch bowel cancer before it becomes deadly. So, with April being Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, now is a good time to ask your doctor for bowel cancer screening.

Screening can detect bowel cancer even before symptoms appear, and with early treatment prognosis is very good. So we urge everyone to come forward for regular bowel cancer screening.

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to people aged 60 to 69. People over 70 can request screening. But in Spain, too many British expats are missing out on this simple but vital test.

People should also be aware of the early symptoms of the disease and ensure they go to their doctor at the first sign anything is wrong.

Symptoms include –

  • Bleeding from the anus and/or blood in stools
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for three weeks or more, especially diarrhoea
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Abdominal pain or lump

If you have any of these symptoms consult a doctor. It is likely that you will not have bowel cancer but if you do early diagnosis could save your life.

During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering subsidised bowel cancer screening tests for just €39. A test kit will be supplied by us so you can provide a stool sample for testing.

Call us on 966 860 258, email, or just drop into our Benijofar or Alfaz del Pi clinics to pick up your kit.