Bowel Cancer Awareness Briefing
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month
42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in the UK and more than 16,000 people die from the disease making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. However, this shouldn't be the case as it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
No Butts: Get to know the symptoms of bowel cancer
Identifying the symptoms of Bowel Cancer early can help save lives. These symptoms are highlighted in the #NOBUTTS bowel cancer awareness campaign image above, as well as down below. 

- Blood in your poo of from your bottom
- Obvious change in your bowel habit
- Weight loss you can't explain
- Extreme tiredness for no apparent reason
- Lump and/or pain in your tummy

If you identify these symptoms, or if you notice anything unusual, then it's important that you make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse. 
Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage, but this drops significantly as the disease develops.
Bowel Cancer Advice and Support
Find everything you need to know about Bowel Cancer on the NHS website including screening, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
An independent charity, helping local people who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. They offer practical help and information to patients and their families living in West Berkshire.
Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity. Visit their website for information about bowel cancer, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and living with and beyond the disease.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. "One in three of us will get cancer. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan"
Teenage Cancer Trust bring young people together so they can be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in the best place for them.
Cancer Research UK provide information about cancer and cancer care. This webpage details causes and symptoms of bowel cancer, tests and treatment, living with bowel cancer, and current research.
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