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Bowel cancer screening age is being lowered to 55 in Wales

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BOWEL cancer screening will be made available to more people in Wales as home testing is expanded to include 55-57 year olds.

The expansion will mean 172,000 more people in Wales will start to receive easy to use kits that test for the early stages of bowel cancer. The move is part of a phased approach to lowering the screening age to 50 by October 2024.

People aged 55, 56 and 57 will start to be invited for screening from Wednesday 5th October and will receive their home testing kits in the post. The programme will be rolled out to the newly eligible age group gradually over the next 12 months.

Part of a £16 million investment package by the Welsh Government, the funding has supported the introduction the new, easier to use, FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Test) at home testing kit.

The new home testing kits have helped improve screening uptake to 65% and have improved sensitivity to better detect those at risk of bowel cancer.

More than 2,500 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2019. Screening plays an important role in detecting cancer earlier and helps to improve cancer outcomes in Wales.

The lowering of the screening age is based on the recommendation by the UK National Screening Committee.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan said: “It is great to see the next phase of our plan to widen access to bowel cancer screening come into effect.

“We have previously introduced the more user-friendly test and started inviting those aged 58-59. This next phase of the programme widens access to those aged 55-57.

“This move will help us to identity more bowel cancer cases early and support improvement in survival rates.

“I’m also pleased to see that more people are taking part in the programme and that the uptake rate now meets the expected standard.

“In future, we plan to continue to optimise the programme by lowering the age range to 50 and increasing the sensitivity of the test until we come into line with UK recommendations.”

Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK says:

“This is a step in the right direction towards screening from 50 in Wales, which we’ve long campaigned for. Screening is one of the best ways to diagnose bowel cancer early, or in some cases prevent it from developing in the first place, and so inviting more people to take part is welcomed.

“Offering the home test to more people is just one of the ways to improve bowel screening, however, the biggest barrier to improving early diagnosis, and offering a world-class screening programme, is the long-standing workforce shortage in endoscopy and pathology services. We now urgently need to address this through a comprehensive workforce plan that can support the bowel cancer screening programme in Wales to achieve its full potential.”

Dr Sharon Hillier, Director of the Screening Division at Public Health Wales, said:

“I’m delighted that we are expanding the bowel cancer screening programme to include those aged 55, 56 and 57 in Wales.

“Bowel screening aims to find cancer at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more effective. Early detection is so important as at least 9 out of 10 people will survive bowel cancer if it’s found and treated early. Bowel screening also detects and removes pre-cancerous polyps that if left in the bowel could develop into cancer.

“The invitation and test kit will be arriving via post to those who are eligible over the next 12 months. The test kit is easy to complete and to send to our laboratory for analysis.

“I would urge everyone who receives an invitation to take up their offer as it could save their life.”

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Christmas Gift Subscription wins £10,000!

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Carol Ormond with daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly

THE PEMBROKESHIRE LOTTERY has awarded one lucky player a massive £10,000 in their Christmas Superdraw. 

The Superdraw was held on Wednesday, December 7 and the winner was Mrs Carol Ormond from Pembroke with lottery number 48095.

After Carol’s name was announced on 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire, the team at the Pembrokeshire Lottery made contact with her and presented the winning cheque later that day. The win was made extra special as Mrs Ormond’s lottery membership was a Gift Subscription from her daughter last Christmas. Accompanying her were daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly.

The normal weekly £2,000 draws now continue until the next monthly Superdraw for £4,000 on January 4. However, as the Lottery celebrates it’s 30 th Anniversary next year, there will be higher prize amounts than usual as the 3 x £8,000 draws in March, June and September will all be increased to £10,000!

Pembrokeshire Lottery Gift Subscriptions make ideal gifts for anyone and can be purchased for either 6 months or a full year. To order yours or to join up to play yourself, ring the Pembrokeshire Lottery on 01646 690800.

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Welsh craft activities, singing, games, story time and Sion Corn at Crymych Library

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CHRISTMAS celebrations will be starting early this year at Crymych Library.

On the morning of Saturday, December 10, from 10.30 am, there will be a morning of Welsh Language craft activities, singing and games for young children at the library.

There will also be a Welsh Language story time session at the library from 11.30am.

As well as the fun, there will also be a chance to meet a very special visitor, Sion Corn, before he gets busy with his Christmas deliveries.

If you’d like to join the fun, please register in advance by e-mailing bethan@mentersirbenfro.com

Hurry, as spaces are limited.

Crymych Library is located on the Ysgol Bro Preseli campus in Crymych.

The library is open for seven hours a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4-6 pm and on Saturday mornings from 10am. to 1pm. For more information, please contact the library on (01239) 832092.

This event is being organised in conjunction with Menter Iaith Preseli and is funded by the Welsh Government.

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Park Authority sponsorship boost for Boxing Day Swim’s belated half century

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PEMBROKSEHIRE Coast National Park Authority says that it is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of this year’s Tenby Boxing Day Swim.

The popular event will mark its belated 50th anniversary this year, after Covid-19 enforced cancellations of the event in 2020 and 2021.

Chair of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Di Clements said: “The Authority is delighted to be helping this well-supported community event celebrate its half-century landmark, especially as the National Park celebrates its own notable 70-year milestone this year.

“We hope this support will help raise much needed funds for a range of local causes, recognise the efforts of the brave participants and link to the Authority’s wider winter of well-being support programme, helping communities across the Park to stay well this winter.”

Chairman of the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, Chris Osborne added: “The swim’s stunning location on Tenby’s North Beach calls for continuing collaboration between community events organisers, like Tenby Sea Swimming Association, and environmental custodians such as the Park Authority.

“These joint anniversaries, and this generous sponsorship for which we are very grateful, are a choice way of celebrating this partnership.”

The 2022 Tenby Boxing Day Swim is raising money for the Tenby Memory Café, the Dai Rees Foundation, Tenby RNLI and the Paul Sartori Foundation.

Swimmers are asked to register online and make a small donation to help cover the cost of organising the event, which will ensure more of the sponsorship money raised goes to the chosen good causes.

For further information, visit www.tenbyboxingdayswim.co.uk, or follow Tenby Boxing Day Swim on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Caption: National Park Authority Chair, Cllr Di Clements with Tenby Sea Swimming Association Chairman, Chris Osborne.

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