April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, did you know that Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest killer cancer. This shouldn’t be the case since it is treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed at an early stage. Early diagnosis for Bowel Cancer and any other types of cancer saves lives. This is the reason why April has been set aside to educate the public and raise awareness of Bowel Cancer symptoms.
Last year we told you about the catchy song and video developed to encourage testing and made by Middlesbrough Public Health and South Tees CCG. You can still watch this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FatpjUDcqD0
Finding cancer as soon as possible means it is easier to treat. So if you have any of the following symptoms contact your GP practice for an appointment:
- Bleeding from the bottom and blood in poo
- Persistent and unexplained change in how often you open your bowels
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- Being easily fatigued with no obvious reason or cause
- Pain or a lump in the tummy
Getting seen by a health professional early when you have symptoms is great but bowel cancer is one of the cancers that we can find by doing a screening test before you’ve even got symptoms. If you are invited for a bowel screening test –DO IT- it could save your life!
For more information visit our campaign website www.screeningsaveslives.co.uk or to request a bowel screening kit or ask any questions phone 0800 707 60 60