Bowel Cancer

The collaborative team focusing on bowel cancer awareness attend various events to encourage people that may have possible symptoms of cancer to seek early advice.

Signs & symptoms:
If you notice any of these symptoms and they last longer than 4 – 6 weeks tell your doctor.

  • Bleeding from the bottom without any obvious reason
  • A persistent change in bowel habit to looser or more frequent bowel motions
  • Tummy pain, especially severe

These symptoms are unlikely to be caused by cancer but it is better to get checked.

For more information about cancer visit: www.cancerhelp.org.uk

Bowel Screening 

The team also promote and raise awareness of the National Bowel Screening Programme which offers screening every two years to all men and women who are aged between 60 to 74, with the option of requesting a kit if aged over 75.

If you are aged between 60 – 74, the NHS will automatically send you a screening kit through the post. It’s designed to be completed in the privacy of your own home, at a time that’s convenient for you.  It only takes a few minutes to do and is returned by a prepaid envelope

If you are aged 75+ you can request screening by calling freephone number: 0800 707 60 60

Bowel screening aims to find cancers at an early stage when treatment is simpler and more effective.

It can also find growths in the bowel which are not cancerous but can develop into cancer.

SCREENING SAVES LIVES.

For more information about the bowel cancer screening visit:www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk

 

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