AS part of its ongoing drive to encourage better personal health, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) is continuing its campaign of public health messages by asking local residents to seek medical advice if they are experiencing any of the common symptoms of bowel cancer.
Ashok Bhojwani, SFH cancer lead, said: “In the UK, bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer. An estimated 38,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and an estimated 16,000 people die annually from bowel cancer.
In men, bowel cancer is the third most common cancer after prostate and lung cancer.
“Knowing the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and seeking early intervention is crucial”.
About 15-20 per cent of new patients with bowel cancer will have a family history of other affected relatives. SFH works in collaboration with Nottingham Genetics Service to provide a colorectal family history clinic to assess and screen people concerned about the risk of developing bowel cancer.