April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer and raise funds to support the work that Bowel Cancer UK provides. This year ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’ and ‘Bowel Cancer UK’ have merged to form the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity, with a mission to ensure that by 2050, no-one will die of bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer.
Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK, being the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it can be treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Most people diagnosed with it are over the age of 60. 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, if you have any of the symptoms do not overlook these and seek medical advice.
There are many ways you can get involved whether it be learning more about bowel cancer or raising money for the charity. To find out more information on how you can get involved visit Bowel Cancer UK online.
If you would like any further information please contact a ‘Cignpost Health’ Nurse Case Manager on: 020 3908 3959
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