Bowel cancer is Ireland’s second biggest cancer killer yet it’s very treatable if caught early. Despite this, a 1,000 people are waiting six months or more for a colonoscopy to detect the disease. The result is that 50% of patients are being diagnosed with late stage cancer leaving them at best, facing invasive and expensive treatments or at worst, a death sentence.
In Ireland, one in 28 of us have a lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer. Ireland lags behind many European countries when it comes to survival rates. Part of the reason why our survival rates are so low is because public patients can wait excessively long times for colonoscopy appointments. The key to making a diagnosis of colon cancer is a colonoscopy.
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If you’re worried about bowel cancer you can call:-
National Cancer Helpline: 1800 200 700
National Treatment Purchase Fund: 1890 720 820