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.
A new report fom Bowel Cancer West says that 9 out of 10 adults they speak to aren't aware of the symptoms of the disease and were embarrassed to go the doctor.
David Mutch is a Bowel Cancer survivor and says early diagnosis is crucial to survival:-
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 is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and it strikes both the old and the young. Richard Payne has been to meet the doctor who became the patient when he contracted the disease.
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.