Grahame Morris MP pledges help raise awareness of symptoms during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April
More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, it shouldn’t be. It’s 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, but only around 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage.
Being aware of key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis. However, according to a recent poll commissioned of 4,000 UK adults by the charity, more than 1 in 3 people (35%) were not aware of any symptoms at all.
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
Grahame Morris MP said, “As the local MP, I am totally committed to increasing awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, both locally and nationally. I would urge my constituents, if they are worried that something is wrong, to visit their GP.,They will want to see you. Your GP may be able to put your mind at rest or refer you for further testing. Early diagnosis really can save lives. If the disease is caught at stage one people have a 98 per cent change of surviving for five years or more. If they’re diagnosed at stage four that plummets to just eight per cent.”
Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, said, “I’d like to thank Grahame Morris for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to increase awareness of key bowel cancer symptoms. Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s almost 42,000 people every year. But it’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.”
To help you raise awareness of bowel cancer, Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer is giving away free copies of their handy symptoms guide for you to share with your family and friends. Sign up now to receive your free guide here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/symptomsguide