Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with the disease (that’s nearly 43,000 people each year).
Despite this, bowel cancer remains treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage, but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
The main symptoms associated with bowel cancer are:
- Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
- A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- A pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. But if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.
Dr Sarah McNulty, Knowsley Council Director of Public Health, said: “Bowel cancer remains treatable and curable but early diagnosis is key. Residents should familiarise themselves with the symptoms associated with bowel cancer and seek medical advice if they are experiencing any of these.
“All Knowsley residents aged 60 to 74 and who are registered with a GP will be automatically be sent a bowel cancer screening kits every 2 years, so it is important that residents ensure their GP practice has the correct details.”
For more information about bowel cancer and details of how to get involved in Bowel Cancer Awareness Month visit www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk