April 15, 2019

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Knowing the symptoms of bowel cancer could save your life:

  • Bleeding from your bottom/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 or if things just don’t feel right, go and see your doctor.

Did you know only 55% of Dudley residents who are invited for colon screening attend their appointment? Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an earlier stage, when it’s easier to treat. If you’ve missed your appointment call the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60 to arrange a new appointment or request the home testing kit.

Join the #thisisbowelcancer campaign

Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. This Bowel Cancer Awareness Month we’re shining a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer.

Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But it doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed. It affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers. That’s millions of people right across the UK. We want everyone affected by bowel cancer to come together and take action to help create a future where nobody dies of the disease.

Find out more about Bowel Cancer at: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/ 

Seven ways to reduce your risk of bowel cancer

  • Make positive changes to your diet – eat less red and processed meat
  • Eat more fibre
  • Keep hydrated
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Be more physically active
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking

Find out more details here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2019/04/01/seven-ways-to-reduce-your-risk-of-bowel-cancer/