Play it safe with cancer

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FORMER World Snooker Champion John Higgins (pictured above) has urged Scots to play it safe when it comes to bowel cancer.

All men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 and 74 are invited to participate in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme every two years when they turn 50.

Unfortunately, figures show that just over half of those eligible for the programme actually do the test (54.5 per cent), when it could save lives.

Family and friends have a role to play in explaining the benefits of screening and encouraging older family members to actually do the test.

John, who lives in Bothwell, said: “Some of the boys on the circuit have experienced cancer in their family so it resonates with us.

“It’s still a shock to hear that bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. Even though 4,000 Scots are diagnosed every year, it’s encouraging that nine out of 10 people survive the disease if it is caught and treated early.”

Emma Anderson from Bowel Cancer UK added: “Some people are uncomfortable talking about the subject but family and friends should do everything they can to encourage those eligible to do the test.”