Be Clear on Cancer sign
Barnsley residents invited to bowel cancer information event
23 February 2012

Barnsley residents are being invited to learn more about bowel cancer at an event next week which aims to raise awareness of early symptoms of the disease.

Taking place in the town centre on Wednesday 29th February, visitors will be able to walk through an eight-foot long inflatable bowel, which explains how the disease progresses.

General awareness of early signs and symptoms of bowel cancer is low and local NHS bosses hope the attraction will encourage men and women aged over 55, who are considered most at risk, to learn about the condition.

Supported by the borough’s dedicated mobile cancer unit, advisors will also be on hand promoting early warning signs and the various steps people can take to help prevent bowel cancer.

Ann Toy, Public Health Development Specialist for NHS Barnsley said, “The event next week is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.  Walking inside an inflatable bowel will be a unique experience for many and is just one of the different approaches we’re taking to help more people realise the importance of spotting signs quicker. One of the key messages we’ll be spreading on the day is that anyone who has had blood in their poo or looser poo for three weeks should speak to their GP straight away. It could be the trip that saves your life.”

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