King’s Mill Hospital to hold cancer advice and support event

King’s Mill Hospital, part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is marking national Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (April) by holding an event to offer information, advice and support.

In the UK, bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer. Whilst almost 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, the number of deaths from the disease has dropped to less than 16,000 people per year.

In men, bowel cancer is the third most common cancer after prostate and lung cancer.

Causes, symptoms, screening, diagnosis, treatment and support will be the main topics of the event presented by Mr Dube, consultant surgeon, and specialist nurses Sharon Wheeler, Sue Godber and Louise Smith.

Chris Murfitt, bowel cancer screening nurse, and Jo Gregg, Macmillan Cancer support and information manager, will be on hand to answer questions.

Mr Dube, who treats patients with bowel cancer, said: “Bowel cancer can be present for a long time before any symptoms appear. If bowel cancer is detected before symptoms appear, it is easier to treat and there is a better chance of surviving the disease.

“I would urge people to visit their GP if they recognise the symptoms. People who wish to learn more about bowel cancer should come to our event to find out more”.

The event takes place on Tuesday 3rd April from 6-7.30pm in the Conference Centre at King’s Mill Hospital.

To book a place please contact the membership office on 01623 622515, extension 3575, or email membership.sherwoodforest@sfh-tr.nhs.uk. Tea and coffee will be provided from 5.30pm onwards.