Bradford district and Craven GPs encourage people to get to know their bowels
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and GPs in the Bradford district and Craven are reminding local people to make sure they take part in regular screening.
Bowel Cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However, if diagnosed in the early stages, it’s highly treatable.
The problem is that far too few people with bowel cancer are diagnosed in the early stages. Some people either find it uncomfortable to discuss the symptoms or simply do not know what they are. Regular screening is the best way to get diagnosed early and can help to save thousands of lives.
Local screening rates, for people eligible for the test, are all currently under the national average: Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG: 63.2%, Bradford City CCG: 34.6%, Bradford Districts CCG: 54.6%. The national average is 57.9%.
The average incidence of bowel cancer nationally, per 100,000 people, is 72.9. Locally, it is:
- Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven: 71.9
- Bradford City: 50.3
- Bradford Districts: 70.6
Symptoms of bowel cancer may include: abdominal pain, blood in your stools and/or a change in your normal bowel habit lasting three weeks or more. Other symptoms can include extreme tiredness for no obvious reason and unexplained weight loss.