Minister backs ‘vital’ King’s Mill bowel event

A Government Minister has backed a public bowel cancer event being held at King’s Mill Hospital, calling it “vital”.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals will be holding the evening at King’s Mill Hospital’s Education Centre Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 5th April, 6–7.30pm, with tea and coffee available from 5.30pm, and it will consist of a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Paul Burstow MP, Care Services Minister, recently launched a pilot Government campaign – called ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ – to get more people familiar with the symptoms of bowel cancer.

The Minister said: “38,000 new cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed every year and early diagnosis makes a huge difference to cancer survival rates.

“That’s why the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign uses simple messages to make people aware of the early signs of bowel cancer and to give them the confidence to talk to their GP about them.

“I was very pleased to hear about this event happening at King’s Mill Hospital as grassroots community work by hospitals is a vital way to educate more people about bowel cancer, which is one of the biggest cancer killers.”

The event will be hosted by Mr Asyut Menon who is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Trust.

Mr Menon said: “It is great to have the Minister supporting us in this work. He is completely right that a more positive outcome is dependent on when you are diagnosed. The disease is a lot harder to treat at an advanced stage.

“By coming to one of the events you will learn a whole lot about the subject including signs, symptoms, causes and available treatments.”

To book a place at the event contact Sarah Elphick, Communications and Membership Manager on 01623 622515 extension 3575 or email membership.sherwoodforest@sfh-tr.nhs.uk

For more information on the ‘Be Clear on Cancer Campaign’ visit www.nhs.uk/bowelcancer/