All nurses have a role in detecting bowel cancer

Nurse Jennie Burch says bowel cancer screening is working – but we must maintain the momentum
Bowel screening test kit

Nurse Jennie Burch says bowel cancer screening is working – but we must maintain the momentum

Bowel screening may not be the most glamorous of topics, but it's essential that we talk about it if we want to reduce bowel cancer incidence and mortality in the UK.

At present, about one in 20 people in the UK will get bowel cancer during their lifetime. Many nurses specialise in the care of people with colorectal cancer, including Macmillan nurses, stoma nurses and colorectal nurses.

But nurses in all settings can help patients who have or may have bowel cancer – and this starts with an understanding of the signs and symptoms, and where to go to seek further help.

Making sense of symptoms

The three common


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