'Alarmingly low' bowel cancer awareness in the UK, survey reveals

11th April 2011

Many people in the UK would not be able to spot the symptoms of bowel cancer which lead to cancer diagnosis, a survey has found.

More than half of the people surveyed by Bowel Cancer UK had no idea what any of the symptoms were, and even less notion that it was the third most common type of cancer in this country.

The survey was completed by the charity as part of bowel cancer awareness month, which aims to encourage people to look for the early signs of the disease which could lead to timely cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment.

Deborah Alsina, chief executive of the charity, said: "The results of this survey highlight the shocking fact that public awareness of bowel cancer, in terms of its prevalence and its signs and symptoms, is alarmingly low."

She has encouraged people to see their GP if any unusual symptoms persist for more than four weeks.

Bowel cancer symptoms include bleeding from the back passage, a lasting change in bowel habits, weight loss, and pain in the abdomen.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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