Charity increases awareness of bowel cancer

The charity Beating Bowel Cancer is holding a live web TV show today (Wednesday December 4) to raise awareness of the disease and to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

Wednesday, 4th December 2013, 7:39 am

Log on to the live web TV show where Mark Flannagan, chief executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, gives up to date info on the disease as well as advice for people who are embarrassed about talking about the symptoms.

You can view the show using the link

More than 100 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day, but the disease is seen by many as one of the more ‘taboo’ cancers when it comes to being open about its symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of bowel cancer can be difficult for people to discuss, which means many people suffering from them are embarrassed to talk to others, even to their doctor or other medical professionals.

However, if caught at an early stage over 93% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer survive for at least five years compared to less than 7% of those diagnosed at a late stage.

So what are the some of the typical symptoms of bowel cancer, what are the risk factors and when should you get help if you are worried?

And if you are concerned about a family member or friend, how can you encourage them to talk to you or a professional about what they are experiencing?

For all the answers, log onto our live web TV show where Mark Flannagan and a bowel cancer patient will give up to date advice and information on bowel cancer.

This comes as the charity launches its annual Decembeard campaign where people are encouraged to grow, make or fake a beard during the month to raise awareness and vital funds.

The show starts at 2pm.