A record number of eligible adults received a bowel cancer screening in the county last year.

In 2023, three-quarters of eligible adults in Worcestershire had the screening, marking the highest participation to date.

These figures place the county significantly above the national average for the past two years.


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As April marks Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Worcestershire County Council is celebrating the increased participation.

Lisa McNally, director of public health in Worcestershire, said: "We have seen a real upturn and a real positive change in our bowel cancer screening numbers over the last couple of years here in Worcestershire, which is great, as early detection is really important.

“I’d encourage everyone who is eligible to take part in the screening programme. It’s straightforward to do with a home-test kit and it can literally save your life.”

Screening is currently available to people aged 60 to 74, with plans of expansion for those between 50 to 59 years in a four-year plan.