BMI Goring Hall Hospital supported the charity Beating Bowel Cancer’s annual BE LOUD BE CLEAR! 2010 campaign raising vital funds and breaking down the taboo and embarrassment surrounding bottoms and bowels.
BMI Goring Hall Hospital staff; Stephen Edwards – Purchasing Supervisor,
Debbie Finnegan – Radiology Receptionist and Peter Adams – Engineer and Technician
BMI Goring Hall Hospital is supporting the campaign and charity, whose patron is former England rugby player, Matt Dawson, with a week of BE LOUD inspired fundraising activities, in the hopes that it will increase awareness of the second largest cause of cancer deaths in the UK after lung cancer, claiming 50 lives every day. [i]
Staff at Goring Hall Hospital wore loud and colourful shirts all week in celebration of BE LOUD BE CLEAR raising awareness and funds for the charity.
Una Palmer, Executive Director of BMI Goring Hall Hospital said; ‘the event’s been a great success, everyone got involved and we all had fun wearing our loud shirts to raise vital funds for an extremely worthy cause.”
Una continues; “Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer [ii], yet there are still people that are unaware about the symptoms of the disease. Each year more than 37,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK [iii] and around 16,000 people die of bowel cancer each year in the UK. [iv] We hope that our support of this campaign helped to raise awareness and understanding of this illness.”
Hilary Whittaker, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer comments; “We are delighted that BMI Healthcare will be supporting our annual BE LOUD BE CLEAR campaign to help raise awareness of bowel cancer. Of the 100 people diagnosed with bowel cancer each day in the UK, almost half will die. [v] However, over 90% of cases could be treated successfully if caught early enough. [vi] By being aware of the high risk symptoms and seeking medical advice quickly, bowel cancer can be caught at an earlier stage. [vii]”
Kouram Baig Bowel Specialist at BMI Goring Hall Hospital comments on the symptoms associated with bowel cancer and the preventative measures that can be taken to minimise risk. “It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, so that if you notice any change in your bowel health you can seek medical advice quickly. A major risk factor for developing bowel cancer is being obese, however If you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly then you can lower your chance of getting bowel cancer by 50% [viii].”
Kouram continues; “In the early stages bowel cancer causes no symptoms, and it is much easier to cure if it is found early on before symptoms develop. Most cancers develop from little growths called polyps, which can often be removed, without surgery if caught early.”