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Patients too embarrassed to discuss symptoms of bowel cancer

A government campaign to raise awareness about bowel cancer appears to have had little impact, according to a Plymouth based charity.

Bowel Cancer West carried out a survey across our region and found the embarrassment of talking about the issue appears to have got worse. Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird has been to meet one man in Kingsand in Cornwall, who's living proof of the need for early diagnosis.

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Many people in region aren't aware of bowel cancer symptoms

Many people in region aren't aware of bowel cancer symptoms Credit: PA

A new survey indicates an alarming amount of ignorance about bowel cancer in the region. The report from Bowel Cancer West says nine out of ten adults they spoke to weren't aware of symptoms of the disease and were embarrassed to go the doctor. But early diagnosis is crucial to survival.

Bowel cancer campaign comes to Bristol

A campaign has come to Bristol to get more people to recognise the early symptoms of bowel cancer. The disease is the third most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer. Yet if diagnosed early, 9 out of 10 patients can be successfully treated.

Nurse John Frandes is part of the Bowel Cancer information team have been handing out leaflets.