Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
With statistics showing that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK it is important that everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms, these include:
- 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 who present with the above symptoms will not have bowel cancer, however, if you have one or more of these, make an appointment with your GP, the earlier bowel cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland people over the age of 60 are invited to take part in bowel cancer screening, and will continue to receive screening kits every two years until you reach the age of 75.
Making use of your free NHS bowel cancer screening kit is the best way of picking cancer up early, so don’t just ignore it – use it and send it back.
For more information go online at www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk or speak to your practice nurse or GP.