Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called on local residents to make themselves aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the charity Bowel Cancer UK is encouraging uptake of screening tests and calling on people to seek medical advice if they experience any of the symptoms of the disease.
The symptoms of bowel cancer 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; and/or
a pain or lump in your tummy.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, claiming more than 16,000 lives a year. It is treatable and curable if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive, however this drops off significantly the later it is detected.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“If you have any symptoms of bowel cancer, it’s important not to be embarrassed by them and, more importantly, it’s vital that you don’t ignore them.
“Too many people leave the warning signs too long before getting checked out and this can make treatment much more difficult.
“If you’re sent a screening kit through the post, please send it off as soon as possible. Likewise, seek medical advice if you experience any of the symptoms indicated by Bowel Cancer UK. It could save your life!”