Early Xmas gift for Bowel Cancer Trust

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AN appeal to raise funds for a cancer charity will receive a welcome boost – just in time for Christmas.

The Bowel Cancer Charity Trust, which has been raising funds for a £70,000 ScopeGuide, will benefit thanks to the generosity of manufacturer, Olympus, which is to deliver a ScopeGuide machine to Milton Keynes Hospital at a special reduced price of £35,000.

The ScopeGuide will be a valuable addition to the Colonoscopy Clinic which is doing invaluable work in helping detect bowel cancer. The machine works by displaying the position of the colonoscope during an endoscopic examination of the colon (bowel) making it easier to examine the whole colon and contribute to patient comfort.

No X-ray radiation is required.

Launched in 2009, the Hospital’s Bowel Cancer Screening Programme screens all men and women between the ages of 60-69 every two years.

The programme’s aims have been to detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms, when treatment is more likely to be effective. It can also detect polyps that may develop into cancers. Screening programmes such as this have been shown to reduce mortality rates by 16 per cent.

The Bowel Cancer Trust Appeal has been raising funds to purchase an additional endoscope to meet demand for its services and enhance the service offered to patients in Milton Keynes.

To date £19,000 has been raised. Charity fundraiser Maureen Pruskin said the gift was excellent news for the Bowel Cancer Trust.

She thanked the public for their support, but also emphasised that fundraising events and donations to the Trust are as important as ever in order that the most up-to-date equipment for bowel cancer patients continues to be available.

> For information on the Bowel Cancer Trust contact Mrs Pruskin on 01908 565552.