A woman from Jersey who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2018 is welcoming a new campaign led by ITV to stop people missing the potential warning signs of the disease. The ITV daytime show Lorraine presented by Lorraine Kelly wants us to feel more comfortable about discussing our toilet habits and to overcome any embarrassment.
The No Butts campaign, which is being supported by the charity Bowel Cancer UK, urges us all to pay attention to our bodies and watch out for any unusual symptoms.
In the UK, someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer every 15 minutes and a person dies from the disease every half hour. It is the country's second deadliest cancer but is treatable and curable if caught early enough. The disease is more common in the over 50s but affects people of all ages.
Debbie Taylor from Jersey was diagnosed in 2018. Her scans are now clear but she knows that is only because she went to the doctor promptly and was able to have successful treatment.
Symptoms of bowel cancer:
Blood coming from your bottom or contained in your stools
Obvious change in bowel habit
Weight loss that is unexplained
Lump and/or pain in your stomach
There is some concern from doctors that so much attention has been placed on the coronavirus pandemic in the last 12 months that some people may have ignored symptoms and avoided visiting their GPs.
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