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Nelson Clinic offering free cancer screenings with state-of-the-art technology

People under 50 with symptoms such as anal bleeding are offered free cancer screenings at a clinic in Nelson.

The new campaign was launched by medical technology company, SurgEase Innovations, which has partnered with Wellness The Clinic.

The partnership will give Lancashire residents access to cutting-edge technology – LumenEye X1 – the world’s first digital rigid rectoscope. It is hoped that the campaign will help identify the increasing incidences of bowel cancer in younger age groups.

SurgEase CEO Fareed Iqbal, himself a former colorectal surgeon and from Nelson, said the service is not currently targeted by NHS screening programs and there is a particular disparity in survival among young people adults from BAME groups.

He said: “There is great complexity in understanding why colorectal cancer screening is frowned upon in the BAME community and why it is underutilized.

“What is clear, however, is that this underuse leads to poorer outcomes when cancers are diagnosed in these groups. Access to care and long wait times for tests like endoscopy may be contributing factors.

“We hope that bringing high-quality digital diagnostics like the LumenEye into community settings will help overcome these perceived and real barriers to care.”

Each year, more than 2,500 young people under the age of 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer, the majority of which is in the rectum.

Bowel cancer is treatable, and even curable, if diagnosed early, but because of diagnostic delays, the disease is often diagnosed late in young people when the chances of survival are greatly reduced.

The campaign aims to reduce the stigma and misinformation surrounding diseases affecting the back passage and to encourage young adults to seek medical attention if they have persistent symptoms such as rectal bleeding.

Assessments will be offered to anyone between the ages of 18 and 49 with the following symptoms: recent bleeding from their back passage; anal pain; discharge of anal mucus and anal itching.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the free check-ups offer can visit: wellnessattheclinic.com

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