Not a Favourite Hallowe'en Activity.

  morddwyd 25 Oct 12

It's that time of year when bowel screening kits drop through the door.

I know it's for my own good, but I must confess out of all the old established Hallowe'en traditions, catching poo on a lolly stick is not top of my list of favourites.

Still, look on the bright side, in addition to getting a free TV licence at 75 I also can't get bowel cancer (screening stops at 74!).

  Nontek 25 Oct 12

I also can't get bowel cancer ...........

Hmm,don't wanna be a doom merchant in any way, but at 77 I have just been found to have colon cancer, fortunately in very earliest stage - hospital next Thursday to have it removed!

  Aitchbee 25 Oct 12

I've found the test-kit a dawdle to use [being a 2 time user] ... the colder ambient temperatures [at halloween] must keep the 'little brown spots' on their postal journey to the labs ... fresher ... longer.

  Condom 25 Oct 12


Having just returned to Thailand after almost two years I am catching up with many old and not so old friends. Most of the news has been good but some not so good like a fellow pool league player who decided jumping from a high building was more preferable to life.

I also received a note from a friend of the same age as me telling me he has stage 3 cancer of the bowel. I knew he was ill but I never realised just how bad.

I can assure you that the lollipop stick is the much better option. Use it while you can.

  Mr Mistoffelees 25 Oct 12

At what age does bowel cancer screening start?

  Aitchbee 25 Oct 12

I would gladly ditch my TV(s) and donate the yearly TV Licence Fee to the Fight Against Bowel Cancer ... £145 per person's life is 'Cheap as chips'.

  Nontek 25 Oct 12

Mr Mistoffelees ....

Age 60 and over!

  Aitchbee 25 Oct 12

I was self-screened for bowel cancer at the age of 54 and again at 56; Scotland has a better health system than England & Wales.

  Mr Mistoffelees 25 Oct 12

Thanks Nontek, twelve years to go!

  Kevscar1 26 Oct 12

Aitchbee and I would gladly ditch my RSD for Bowel cancer. For every £50 donated to Cancer Research less than 1p is donate to RSD/CRPS

  natdoor 26 Oct 12


"Still, look on the bright side, in addition to getting a free TV licence at 75 I also can't get bowel cancer screening (sreening stops at 74!)."

It is possible to request a screening kit when beyond the age covered by the screening programme. NHS link


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