· Visit the Tameside & Glossop CCG Cancer information Page
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. It’s the second biggest cancer killer. But it shouldn’t be, as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage, however this drops significantly as the disease develops.
Being aware of the key symptoms and contacting your GP practice if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis, and could save your life.
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, contact your GP practice.
During April, sign up to Step up for 30 with us! It's really simple, just get active every day and ask family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you. Whilst you’re getting fitter and feeling healthier, you’ll also be raising money to help stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding vital services and lifesaving research.