April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

(Published on 12/04/2018)

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the Liverpool area, with hundreds of people diagnosed with bowel cancer every year. It is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. However we know that people are not getting diagnosed early enough as 60% of bowel cancer patients in Merseyside are diagnosed late. This has a big impact on their treatment and chances of making a full recovery.

To improve this Beating bowel cancer/ Bowel Cancer UK are using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on bowel cancer symptoms. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms people should look out for are:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in your bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

In addition bowel cancer screening is available for people aged between 60 and 74 and can detect invisible early signs of bowel cancer at an earlier stage in people with no symptoms, when treatment is likely to be more effective. It is a quick and simple test that can be done at home and it saves lives. Currently not enough people in our area are returning their screening kits. We want everyone aged 60-74 in the Liverpool City Region to carry out and return their completed kits. Anyone eligible for screening who has not already received their screening kit can call 0800 7076060 to order one.

For more information visit: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/bowel-cancer-awareness-month/