Bowel cancer awareness

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PUBLIC health specialists will be out in Sheffield city centre tomorrow raising awareness of one of Britain’s biggest killers.

They will be joined by experts in the field of bowel cancer from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the information event which runs from 11am on Fargate.

It has been set up to mark the end of Bowel Cancer Awareness Week and to encourage people to take part in the screening programme that runs across South Yorkshire.

Survivors of the disease will also be there talking about their experiences.

One of them will be Chris Searle, from Totley, who was the first person in the region to have life saving bowel cancer treatment at the Northern General Hospital after it was diagnosed in the early stages by the hospital’s screening team.

The 65-year-old said: “The screening, surgery and after care at the Northern General literally saved my life – I had no symptoms at all and I’m so grateful to have caught the cancer in time that I don’t want others to miss out.”