DONCASTER’S Cancer Integrated Information Service recently completed its Be Clear on Bowel Cancer awareness campaign with an event for a group of women from Dial, Women’s Aid and Doncaster Partnership for Carers.
Joanne O’Marr, Macmillan cancer information and support worker, ran an education session about the bowel anatomy and function, identified risks, causes and prevention of bowel cancer, and highlighted signs and symptoms and discussed in detail the National Screening Programme.
The session was held at the St John’s Information and Support Centre at the St Catherine’s site, in Balby.
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust has been supporting the Government’s current Be Clear on Bowel Cancer campaign to raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms and encourage more people to be screened.
The trust says research shows the public have low awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, so the trust aims to address this by giving out information and educating people about bowel cancer, screening, and the importance of early diagnosis.
Joanne said: “Awareness of bowel cancer symptoms is low but spotting the signs early and getting medical advice could save people’s lives.
“The key message is don’t be afraid or embarrassed to see your GP if you have had blood in your poo or have had loose poo for more than three weeks.
“Your symptoms may be nothing serious, but it is better to have them checked out early to be sure.
“We want to help inform and support Doncaster residents so that they can recognise the symptoms, reduce their risk with lifestyle changes, and feel confident to undertake the screening test.
“The earlier bowel cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.”