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Scottish Bowel Screening Programme

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. 4,000 Scots are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year.

Early diagnosis of bowel cancer is essential to maximise the chances of cure. 90% of bowel cancers detected through screening are cured.

All men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 are sent a screening pack in the post, every 2 years.

We strongly encourage participation in the screening programme – it’s straightforward and could potentially save your life!

Further information can be found at the Scottish Bowel Screening Website:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme

A screening process for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) has been introduced. AAA is a painless enlargement of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. Only men aged 65 will receive an invitation to screening; men aged 66 and over can self refer.

Women will not be invited to take part in screening due to a prevalence of AAA in less than 1% in females.

Screening is done by an abdominal ultrasound scan which will look at the aorta only. The scan will take approximately 10 minutes and men will be told of the results of the scan there and then. To find out more call NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

Further Resources

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Selfhelp4stroke is a free interactive website for people who have had a stroke to help them manage their condition and gain more control over their life. Further information can be found at

My Lungs My Life living with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Asthma or for parents/guardians of children with asthma. Further information can be found at

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