One in three people not aware of bowel cancer symptoms

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 April 2018

Many people are not aware of bowel cancer symptoms.

Many people are not aware of bowel cancer symptoms.

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More than a quarter of people in North Somerset can only name one of the most common symptoms of bowel cancer, according to a health charity.

Out of the 4,000 adults surveyed, 33 per cent were not aware of any of the symptoms.

The poll was commissioned by Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer.

The worrying figures have been released to mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, this April.

Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “Every day I hear from families about the devastating effects of a bowel cancer diagnosis.

“Our vision is that by 2050 no one will die from bowel cancer, and raising awareness of the symptoms is a key step to achieving this.”

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and the most common symptom is noticing blood when you go to the toilet.

Other symptoms include tummy pain and weight loss.

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