Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, 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.
More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it is the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. However, 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, 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
Faisal Rashid MP said:
“I am committed to increasing awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, both locally and nationally.
“Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That is almost 42,000 people every year. However, it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
“If you are worried that something is wrong, visit your 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.”