April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. It’s more common in the over 50s, but can affect people of all ages. It’s also the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it shouldn’t be because it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the charity, Bowel Cancer UK, is calling for people to join together and raise awareness of the symptoms of this disease:
- 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.
For more information about bowel cancer and details of how to get involved in Bowel Cancer Awareness Month visit www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk.