The NHS in Southampton is raising awareness about the importance of screening for Bowel Cancer during Bowel Cancer Awareness month.
Last year, just 56% of the population eligible for screening in Southampton, took up the offer and returned their sample kit for testing.
In the UK, from the age of 60 until your 74th birthday, a bowel screening kit is sent to your home automatically, every two years. You don’t need to have experienced any symptoms of bowel cancer, the test picks up early signs of cancer that may otherwise, go undetected. It is this early diagnosis that has proven to be the life-saving key to bowel cancer treatment.
Details of pharmacies open in Southampton over the Easter weekend are available on our website.Opening times are provided by the pharmacies, details are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.
If you do need to visit a pharmacy over a bank holiday please call ahead to check they are open and have the medicine you need.
If you need medical help or advice over Easter and aren't sure where to go, phone 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from landlines and mobiles.
Wednesday 8 March is No Smoking Day and a calendar date for your diary if you smoke and are considering giving up.
Choosing to stop smoking is one of the most important decisions you can make because by quitting, you will look and feel better and lower the health risks of cardiovascular disease - you may even win brownie points with relatives and friends who want to see you kick the habit.