Less than 50% of eligible Tipp people screened for bowel cancer

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Less than 50 percent of Tipperary people who are eligible for bowel screening have been tested.

To mark Men’s Health Week 2017, which runs all this week, the HSE National Screening Service is encouraging all men between the ages of 60 and 69 to take the BowelScreen test.

Despite bowel cancer being much more common in men than women, men are less likely to take up free screening.

Just under 41 percent of males, and 49 percent of females in Tipperary have been screened for the cancer, which is the second biggest cancer killer in Ireland.