Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

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During bowel cancer awareness month, Kirklees Council and Kirklees NHS CCG would like to highlight the importance of taking up the bowel screening offer when invited.

What do you need to look out for? 

If you have one or more of these symptoms, or if something just doesn’t seem right, check with your GP.  Symptoms can be:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

If you have symptoms, don’t be embarrassed and don’t ignore them, GPs are used to dealing with these kinds of problems all the time.

Bowel screening in Kirklees

Kirklees has seen an increase in bowel screening with some areas having an uptake of over 70%, which is higher than the national average.

In 2018 it was recommended that the screening offer should be extended to people aged 50-74, from the previous group of people aged 60-74 year olds. The West Yorkshire bowel screening programme is gradually extending the programme to residents in this age group, and if you are part of the extended age group, you will receive your letter when it’s time for you to be invited.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Kirklees Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“The bowel screening programme is helping to save lives in Kirklees. The screening can detect bowel cancer early, before symptoms develop, and this is when treatment is more likely to be successful. That is why I’m encouraging anyone who is eligible for the screening to take up the offer when they receive their letter.”

Dr Khalid Naeem, Clinical Chair of Kirklees CCG and local GP said:

“Thousands of people are affected by bowel cancer every year. It is one of the most common cancers but it is treatable, particularly if caught early. If you experience any symptoms, it is vital you contact your GP as soon as possible. It could be nothing, but catching bowel cancer early significantly increases the chance of successful treatment.”

Find out more information 

For more information about bowel screening visit the NHS bowel cancer screening webpage.