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A roadshow urging people to take a test for signs for bowel cancer rolls into Motherwell this week.

To coincide with the start Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, the Take the Test Roadshow will visit the town’s Asda store tomorrow (Thursday) from 9am to 5.30pm.

The roadshow is aimed at raising awareness of bowel cancer screening and highlighting benefits of completing the test.

It is part of the Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early campaign to encourage people between the ages of 50 and 74 to participate in the Scottish Bowel Screening programme.

Although bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland - with almost 4,000 people diagnosed with the disease every year in Scotland - just over half (54.5 per cent) of those who are eligible to participate in the programme every two years actually do the test.

Currently, take-up of bowel screening in Lanarkshire is 47.7 per cent.

The Detect Cancer Early tour will offer help and advice to people in Motherwell on how to take the test and staff will also be available to answer any questions about the disease.