Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Improvement Service are raising awareness of the most common symptoms of bowel cancer throughout April and urging people to take time to look before they flush. The symptoms to look out for include:-
- Bleeding from the bottom without reason
- Loose poo for 3 weeks or more
- Severe abdominal or tummy pains
- A lump in your abdomen or tummy
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Unexplained weight loss
“Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the country with around 30,000 cases diagnosed every year. Around 90% of these cases could be treated successfully if they are detected in the early stages. If people experience any of the symptoms they should visit their GP, it may not be cancer however it is important to get it checked out. Blood in the poo is one of the main symptoms so if people took a second to check before they flushed it could mean early treatment could be sought.”
As part of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, residents aged 60-74 who are registered with a GP will receive free screening kits in the post every two years which can help detect the early signs of cancer. Anyone aged 75 or over can requested a kit by calling 0800 707 6060.
You can find out more about bowel cancer by visiting www.nhs.uk/bowelcancer or contact the Health Improvement Service on 01254 358046.