Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.
Bowel cancer is the nation’s second biggest cancer killer, with more than 44 people dying from bowel cancer every day in the UK. Every 15 minutes, a bowel cancer diagnosis is made – but only 15% of these are in the earliest stages. Yet – especially if it is diagnosed early – bowel cancer is treatable and curable. Early diagnosis save lives and Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is about making people aware of the potential symptoms, which 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
I was shocked to hear that someone in the UK is diagnosed with Bowel Cancer every 15 minutes, but only 15% are diagnosed at an early stage. Early diagnosis really can save lives, but too few people see their GP at the earliest indication that something might be wrong.
That’s why I’m supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and urge my constituents, if they are worried that something is wrong, to visit their GP. They will want to see you, and may be able to put your mind at rest or refer you for further testing.
Sign up now to receive your free guide here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/symptomsguide. For more information, visit Bowel Cancer UK or Beating Bowel Cancer’s website to find out how you can get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: bowelcanceruk.org.uk or beatingbowelcancer.org.