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Cancer specialist at BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital highlights symptoms during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

PUBLISHED: 12:44 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 18 April 2018

Nick Maisey, consultant cancer specialist, said that remaining vigilant, knowing the signs and seeking an early doctor’s appointment can all lead to an early diagnosis and a better outcome. Picture: BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital

Nick Maisey, consultant cancer specialist, said that remaining vigilant, knowing the signs and seeking an early doctor’s appointment can all lead to an early diagnosis and a better outcome. Picture: BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital

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A cancer specialist is urging people in Bromley to be watchful for the symptoms of bowel cancer as part of the awareness month for the disease.

Nick Maisey, consultant cancer specialist from BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital, Bucks Cross Road, Orpington, said that remaining vigilant, knowing the signs and seeking an early doctor’s appointment if you are worried can all lead to an early diagnosis and a better outcome.

Bowel cancer – also known as colorectal cancer – is the UK’s fourth most common cancer and the second biggest cause of cancer deaths, with more than 16,000 people losing their lives to the illness in the UK each year.

However, more than 90pc of people who are diagnosed and treated in its early stages go on to make a recovery.

Mr Maisey said: “It’s important to remember that symptoms of bowel cancer do not necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer.

“However, if you are worried about any of these symptoms then it makes sense to see your doctor for a medical opinion.”

The symptoms are:

1.Lumps or pains in the tummy

2.Bleeding from the anus, or blood in poo

3.Unexplained weight loss or extreme tiredness

4.Changes in bowel habits if they persist for more than three weeks, especially if poo is loose or runny

5.A sense or feeling of needing a wee after just having one

Mr Maisey added: “As well as seeing a doctor if you are worried about symptoms, there are also bowel cancer screening test that people can choose to have if they have any concerns.”

There are several known risk factors that may increase the risk of developing bowel cancer:

1.80pc of bowel cancers are in people aged over 60

2.10pc of the Ashkenazi Jewish community are affected by bowel cancer

3.People with a family history of bowel cancer

4.People exposed to radiation

5.A medical history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, or a history of diabetes

For more information about bowel cancer see https://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/treatments/cancer-care/bowel-cancer

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