April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

3 April 2018

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer however it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.

Early diagnosis really does save lives, that’s why during April we’re raising awareness of bowel cancer symptoms.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can 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 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, go to see your GP.

For more help and advice visit: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/symptoms/

We will be in Chester le Street Library on 24 April between 10am-12noon.  Health trainers will be providing information and advice on what to look out for with this type of cancer and to answer any questions.