Learning bowel cancer symptoms 'could save a life'

Learning bowel cancer symptoms 'could save a life'

Learning the symptoms of bowel cancer could save a life, one expert has underlined, indicating that people looking to find a care home should educate themselves on the disease.

Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said that bowel cancer is "the last taboo", with particularly low awareness.

He explained that some people delay talking to their GP about their symptoms, possibly because they are embarrassed or dismiss them as unimportant.

More than 90 per cent of bowel cancer patients could be successfully treated if the condition is diagnosed early enough, according to the expert.

"Bowel cancer is the UK's third most common cancer, and the second biggest cancer killer so it should be something that everyone is aware of," he stated.

Meanwhile, a study by Cancer Research UK discovered that despite bowel cancer being the third most common in the UK, Brits have a very low awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

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