Kerry people slow to avail of free screening for bowel cancer

The majority of Kerry people who’re eligible for bowel screening, are not availing of the free testing.

According to new figures released as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, just 44 percent of Kerry people eligible for the free screening, availed of it last year.

Just under half of women in the county have availed of the screening, while men are even slower on the uptake, with just 44 percent taking the test.

Bowel screening is available free to those in the 60 to 69 age group.

Anyone who didn’t avail of the test but wishes to do so now, should call the National Cancer Screening Service at 1800 45 45 55.

Farranfore-based GP Dr Eamon Shanahan explains why availing of the screening is so important: