DGH staff have been manning a stand at the hospital’s entrance to raises awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
April is bowel cancer awareness month and the Colorectal Team at the DGH are supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s Great Start campaign and Beating Bowel Cancer campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer, the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle in reducing risk.
Maddie Dengate, Jenny Gill (Macmillan colorectal nurse specialists) and Penny Kaye (Macmillan dietician) manned the stand on Monday (April 22) to offer advice and information on healthy eating and reducing the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer.
Roots in Grove Road donated a box of fresh vegetables and Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s donated fruit, smoothies and fruit juice for the event to encourage people to enjoy their ‘five a day’.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is a national event supported by Bowel Cancer UK, Beating Bowel Cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support .
There are more than 40,695 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed every year, making it the third most common cancer affecting both men and women in the UK. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in the country. However, the earlier it is detected the more successful the outcome.
Jenny Gill, Macmillan colorectal nurse specialist, said, “The majority who develop bowel cancer are over 50 but it is not unknown in younger people, including those in their 20s. It is therefore vitally important nobody ignores potential symptoms and sees a GP early.”
Call Bowel Cancer UK 0800 8403540 or see www.bowel canceruk.org.uk for more information.
Warning signs include: a change in normal bowel habits (lasting for six weeks or more) especially if accompanied by rectal bleeding, rectal bleeding without straining, pain, soreness swelling or itching, rectal bleeding, if over the age of 55 or unexplained anaemia (of which tiredness may be a symptom).
You should aim to give up smoking, cut down on drinking, increase your fruit and veg and drink plenty of water.cer in the family. People with a first degree relative (parent or sibling) diagnosed under 45 or two or more close relatives on the same side of the family should talk to their G