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Bowel Cancer Screening Service

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Welcome to the Exeter, Mid, East and North Devon Bowel Cancer Screening Service

National Programme for Bowel Cancer Screening

 

Why is screening important?

 

The Team at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

 

The Team at North Devon District Hospital

 

Where can you find us?

 

How can you contact us?

 

 

National Programme for Bowel Cancer Screening

 

Join the Bowel MovementA National Programme for Bowel Cancer Screening was introduced in 2006.  This Bowel Cancer Screening Centre went live in June 2009 serving the Exeter, Mid, East and North Devon population and operates from two sites

The national programme aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be effective. Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time and can be removed easily, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.

Faecal Occult Blood Test

Screening is available to men and women aged 60 to 69, who are registered with a G.P. Anybody above the age of 70 can choose to 'opt in'. An invitation will be sent to subjects, followed by their Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT picture right) which they will do in the privacy of their own homes. The FOBT is designed to detect tiny amounts of blood invisible to the human eye which can be the indication for polyps and bowel cancer.

 

If an abnormal result is detected, you will be invited to attend a clinic appointment where a Specialist Screening Practitioner will assess your health and suitability for an investigation. This could be one of two types;

The FOBT does not diagnose bowel cancer and there are a number of bowel abnormailities which can cause bleeding, some of these include; Polyps, diverticulitis, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. 

 

www NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

 

Why is screening important?

  • About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime.

  • It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year (Cancer Research UK, 2005. Cancerstats)

  • Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16% (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006.)  

The Team at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

 

 Name

Job Title

Contact Number

Dr Reuben Ayres

Service Director, Gastroenterologist, Accredited Bowel Screening Colonoscopist 

Secretary 01392 402818

Dr Tarek Shirazi

Gastroenterologist, Accredited Bowel Screening Colonoscopist

Secretary 01392 406220

Dr Simon Harries

Lead Radiologist

Secretary 01392

Dr Ian Chandler

Lead Pathologist

Secretary 01392 402999

Bridget Cann

Lead Nurse

01392 404642

Cindy Collier

Specialist Screening Practitioner

01392 404643

Cheryl Liffen

Specialist Screening practitioner

01392 404644

Louise Curtis

Screening Administrator

01392 404645

 

The Team at North Devon District Hospital

 

Name

Job Title 

Contact Number

Dr Alex Moran

Gastroenterologist, Accredited Screening Colonoscopist 

Secretary 01271 322734

Dr Alex Milson

Lead Radiologist

Secretary 01271 322619

Dr Nick Ward

Lead Pathologist

Secretary 01271 349197

Jan Gayton

Specialist Screening Practitioner

01271 314099

 

Where can you find us?

How can you contact us?

 

Call the helpline on 01392 404645

or email Rh8.bowelcancerscreening@nhs.net 

Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm.

  

 

Call 111 when its less than urgent