April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month, and BMI St Edmunds is pleased to announce we are now a Bupa accredited bowel diagnosis centre. Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Mr Timothy Justin, Endoscopy lead from BMI St Edmunds Hospital is urging people in Suffolk to make sure that they are aware of the symptoms and get checked out if they have concerns.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, and around 42,000 people are diagnosed with it each year in the UK. Mr Timothy Justin is keen to point out that although nine in every ten people diagnosed are over the age of 50, it can affect anyone of any age.
“It’s a cancer that is treatable and curable if it’s diagnosed early,” he said. “However, the signs and symptoms of it are often overlooked or explained away by the patient themselves rather than them seeking a medical diagnosis. I know some people could feel embarrassed seeing their doctor about their bowels, but it’s so important that symptoms are checked out.”
The charity Bowel Cancer UK states that the five symptoms of bowel cancer are:
- Finding blood in the toilet or on the tissue after you’d had a poo
- Going more frequently, less frequently, or at different times to normal
- Losing weight with no obvious explanation
- Feeling tired for no apparent reason
- Finding a lump or feeling a pain in your tummy
Mr Justin said: “If things just don’t feel right, then please go to see your GP, who will be able to talk with you and order any necessary tests or make any necessary referrals.”
BMI Healthcare has put together a series of podcasts of people talking about what a diagnosis has meant to them and their families, along with a frank discussion about treatment, the emotional and practical impact of bowel cancer and life following recovery – to access these, along with factsheets about bowel cancer causes and risk factors, visit https://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/be-bowel-cancer-aware
16th April 2019