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Raising awareness of Bowel Cancer in Harlow

Health / Mon 9th May 2022 pm31 01:09pm


APRIL marked Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, which was an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease.

Bowel cancer is also called colorectal cancer; it affects the large bowel, made up of the colon and rectum.

Most bowel cancers develop from pre-cancerous growths, called polyps. However, not all polyps develop into cancer. If your doctor finds any polyps, they can remove them to prevent them becoming cancerous.

Facts about bowel cancer
· Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK
· Nearly 43,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK
· More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50
· Nearly six out of ten cases (59%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. However, bowel cancer can affect anyone of any age
· 1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime

Know the symptoms of bowel cancer
Knowing the symptoms of bowel cancer could help to save your life. They 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

If you have any concerns and for advice, please speak to your GP. For more information, please refer to www.nhs.uk.

Best wishes

Deepamol Cruz
Macmillan colorectal clinical nurse specialist

Joanne Kellaway
Macmillan colorectal clinical nurse specialist

Sarojini Jayaprakash
Associate Macmillan colorectal clinical nurse specialist

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2 Comments for Raising awareness of Bowel Cancer in Harlow:

Tony Durcan
2022-05-09 18:21:46

Honest it’s ok to talk poo…. Never feel your stupid just ask for advice,it’s really can safe your life.

Matthew Saggers
2022-05-09 19:44:08

On this issue I echo Tony. Keep talking, if you are worried then seek medical advice. Thank you your harlow if this saves just one life it all worth the social media.

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