April’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Four people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every hour. It’s treatable and curable if diagnosed early, and nearly everyone survives if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However, these survival rates drop significantly as the disease develops, meaning awareness is absolutely vital. Survey results from Bowel Cancer UK show that nearly half of all UK adults (42%) are unaware of any bowel cancer symptoms, despite it being the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. More than 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year – that is 44 people every day.

Bowel Cancer is the second biggest UK’s killer cancer. This shouldn’t be the case since it is treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed at an early stage. Early diagnosis for Bowel Cancer and any other type of cancer saves lives. This is the reason why April has been set aside to educate the public and raise awareness of Bowel Cancer symptoms:

Matthew Wiltshire has been a long standing supporter of The Mulberry Centre, he was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in 2015 and it has been his mission, ever since, to raise awareness. Matt has written a blog for Bowel Cancer Awareness month, you can download here

  • Bleeding from the bottom and blood in poo

  • Persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit

  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss

  • Being easily fatigued with no obvious reason or cause

  • Pain or a lump in the tummy

To find out more visit the NHS Bowel Cancer information page here

The Mulberry Centre can help, whether you have just been diagnosed with bowel cancer, or any cancer, or at any stage of your cancer journey.  We offer emotional support, counselling, complementary therapies, workshops on a variety of relevant topics as well as more social activities.

If you want to know more, speak to us about your diagnosis or that of someone for whom you are close to or caring for, or you would like to hear more from someone about cancer, early diagnosis and treatment you can call us on 020 8321 6300 or email us on talk@themulberrycentre.co.uk and someone will call you back.

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