Mobile cancer unit to visit Clevedon
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 March 2015
MACMILLAN Cancer Support’s mobile service is stopping off in Clevedon on Tuesday to mark the beginning of April’s bowel cancer awareness month.
A team of information and support specialists will be in Queens Square from 10am-4pm to offer free, confidential support to anyone with a concern or question relating to cancer.
Mary Mountford-Lister, a Macmillan information and support specialist, said: “It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and although the cause is unknown there are certain factors that may increase your risk, which it helps to be aware of as well.
“It is more common in those over the age of 50 and those with a close family member who has been diagnosed with the disease.
“Poor diet, lack of exercise, high alcohol intake and smoking also all increase risk but of course cancer can affect anyone so if you have concerns you should visit your doctor as early as possible.
“Many people experience long-term side effects caused by bowel cancer and its treatment and we are here to support them too.
“We are here for anyone who has any questions or worries about any aspect and type of cancer, whether it’s about you, a relative or friend, come on board and talk to us.
“More than 340,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year. We know that cancer can be the loneliest place and we want to help ensure that everyone has access to the right support at the right time.”
The most common symptoms of bowel cancer, which affects around 290,000 people in the UK, include blood in stools, bleeding from the rectum, persistent change to normal bowel habits, abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss.
Anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms is advised to visit their GP.
For more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 08088 080000.
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