12th April 2021
Younger patients often do not fit the criteria for a suspected cancer pathway referral. However, every year over 2,500 younger people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. According to Bowel Cancer UK, this is only around 6% of those diagnosed, but this number is slowly increasing. Their research shows that younger bowel cancer patients have a very different experience of diagnosis, treatment and care.
What are the issues of identifying bowel cancer in younger patients?
- Delays in diagnosis
- Access to genetic testing
- A lack of awareness
GatewayC’s ‘Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)’ course aims to increase healthcare practitioners’ understanding of the use of FIT as a screening tool and support practitioners in using FIT appropriately in symptomatic patients, and to aid decision-making in relation to referral on a suspected cancer pathway.
The course also features an interview with Dr Lisa Wilde who discusses the role of FIT and Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘Never Too Young’ campaign.
Find out more:
- Access Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘Never Too Young’ report here
- Access GatewayC’s ‘Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)’ course here
- Access Bowel Cancer UK’s Young Person’s Guide here
- Access Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘Never Too Young’ campaign here