Cancer warning

 Bowel cancer is a pain in the tail

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms in Scotland, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.

In April alone 300 people in Scotland will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 130 people will die of the disease. 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, almost a third of people in Scotland (31%) 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

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, said, “I’d like to thank Jackie Baillie 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

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