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Posted on 5th April 2021 at 11:37
April is bowel cancer awareness month, a time to learn more about this disease and ideally celebrate further advances, however, despite home tests being available for the over 60’s in the UK, cases are still being missed.
The number of people in England waiting longer than six weeks for tests that can help to diagnose bowel cancer has increased by over six-fold compared to the same time last year, according to figures published by NHS England.
Of the more than 92,000 people on the waiting list for investigations for suspected bowel cancer symptoms, over half (53%, or 48,860 people) were waiting more than six weeks for an endoscopy test (colonoscopy or flexi-sigmoidoscopy).
The figures highlight how vital it is that people can spot the signs, below are some of the key red flag symptoms.
Abdominal pain (11%)
Change of bowel habit (9%)
Weight loss (8%)
Unexplained tiredness/fatigue (3%)
According to Bowel cancer UK, bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer.
Despite fears around covid-19, the NHS is open – it's really important that people contact their GP as soon as possible with any concerns.
At 360 wellbeing centre, we are proud to highlight this campaign and urge anyone with symptoms to contact their GP.
In addition, should you feel you could benefit from a complimentary wellness check with one of our nurses then don’t hesitate to contact on 01246 938948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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