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Could you spot bowel cancer in younger patients?

Published: 26th July 2022

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.

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