Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

 In Clinical Guidelines, NHS Guidelines, Pharmacy Information

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month occurs every year during April and this year it is concentrating on bowel cancer screening.

What is the aim of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month?

Bowel Cancer Statistics

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is extremely important as it can literally save lives. Knowing the symptoms and signs of bowel cancer can be make or break and this awareness month aims to educate as many people as possible on everything to do with bowel cancer.

If you would like more information on Bowel cancer or to find out what you can do to help during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, then please visit the Bowel cancer website.

What is Bowel Cancer?

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK with the NHS estimating that around 40,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Also, the NHS suggest that about 1 in every 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

The NHS state the symptoms of bowel cancer you should look out for include persistent blood in stools, a persistent change in your bowel habit, persistent abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort and unintentional weight loss.

The main causes of bowel cancer include age (9 in 10 cases occur in people over 60), diet (lots of red meat and lack of fibre), weight (bowel cancer is more prevalent in people who are obese), inactivity, alcohol/ smoking and a family history.

Bowel scope screening is gradually being introduced across England and is offered to people over the age of 55. This involves a bowel check-up where the doctor looks at the lower part of the bowel, where they remove any small growths called polyps, which could eventually turn cancerous.

Detecting Bowel cancer before it causes obvious symptoms or just getting rid of risks can save people’s lives, so these screening centres are extremely important. If you would like more information on bowel screening, then please click here.

Facts on Bowel Cancer

Bowel Cancer UK have collected some facts and figures on Bowel cancer –

  • Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancers.
  • Over 41,200 people a year are diagnosed with bowel cancer
  • Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early
  • Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, behind lung cancer
  • It is estimated one person every 30 minutes dies from bowel cancer.
  • 9 in 10 cases of bowel cancer occur in people aged over 50
  • 1 in every 14 men and 1 in every 19 women will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime
  • Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with Bowel Cancer

1 in every 14 men and 1 in every 19 women will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime


 

References

  1. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer-of-the-colon-rectum-or-bowel/pages/introduction.aspx
  2. http://www.national-awareness-days.com/bowel-cancer-awareness-month.html
  3. https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/
  4. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  5. https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/bowel-cancer/

 

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