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Bowel Cancer UK Awareness Month

I am supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign #thisisbowelcancer, to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.

Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But it doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed. It affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers. That’s millions of people right across the UK.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with almost 42,000 people diagnosed annually. More than 16,000 people die each year of the disease making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn’t be as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

I am working with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care both in Delyn and nationally. By bringing people together Bowel Cancer UK will create a future where nobody dies of the disease.

I am committed to raising awareness of bowel cancer, both locally and nationally. I would urge my constituents to join Bowel Cancer UK’s #thisisbowelcancer campaign and help shine a light on the varied and many people affected by the disease during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr. Lisa Wilde, Director of Research and External Affairs at Bowel Cancer UK, said:

“We want everyone affected by bowel cancer to come together and take action to help create a future where nobody dies of the disease. But we can’t do this alone, and that’s why I would like to thank David for supporting our #thisisbowelcancer campaign. With your help we can save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease.”

Visit the Bowel Cancer UK website to find out how you can get involved in Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: bowelcanceruk.org.uk

About Bowel Cancer UK
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity. We’re determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer. We support and fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

About bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, affecting both men and women. Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s almost 42,000 people every year.

Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.

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
• Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.