David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, attended a Parliamentary event at the House of Commons yesterday hosted by the Beating Bowel Cancer charity (29 January).
He learnt about their plans to help raise awareness of the symptoms to improve diagnosis and treatment rates. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer with over 100 people being diagnosed with the condition every day. Beating Bowel Cancer advises people to go to the GP if they have any of the following symptoms for three weeks or more:
• A change in bowel habit
• Bleeding from the bottom or blood in your bowel motions
• Pain in your abdomen
• Lump in your abdomen
• Unexplained weight loss
• Unexplained tiredness, dizziness or breathlessness
Mr Evennett said “Bowel cancer is an important health issue. If it can be diagnosed early enough and treated, the majority of people can survive the disease. It is therefore vital that people know the symptoms so that they can get the treatment they need as soon as possible. If you have concerns, do see your doctor.”
The Charity also has Specialist Nurse Advisors, who are on hand to offer support and answer questions and concerns. Their confidential helpline can be contacted on 08450 719301.