Created 8th September 2004

Colon Cancer Fact Sheet

Colon Cancer Concern
   
  • Eight out of ten Brits would rather sit on their bowel cancer symptoms than act upon them, acccording to recent research (UEGF IPSOS Survey 2003).
  • CCC’s Infoline: a confidential telephone information service giving advice on all aspects of bowel cancer to patients, carers and healthcare professionals. Call 08708 50 60 50

BOWEL CANCER: THE FACTS :-

  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK
  • Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer affecting both men and women in the UK
  • Every year over 35,000 people in this country are diagnosed with the disease - that's someone every 15 minutes
  • Every year nearly 16,000 people die from bowel cancer – claiming a life every 30 minutes
  • If caught in the earlier stages bowel cancer is very treatable
  • Approximately 5% of all bowel
    cancers are hereditary
  • Although 90% of all people diagnosed are over 55 (average age 70) a significant minority are younger
  • If you have any concerns don't hesitate to call the CCC Infoline on 08708 50 60 50
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:
  • Persistent change in your bowel habit
  • Blood or mucus in your stools
  • Extreme tiredness without an obvious cause
  • Unexplained pain or a lump in your abdomen
REDUCE YOU RISK

A few simple lifestyle changes can help you reduce the risk of developing the disease.

  • Eating a healthy diet low in fat and high in fibre, including at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day
  • Drinking plenty of fresh fluids, water in particular
  • Getting to know your bowel pattern, so you know what’s normal for you
  • Taking up regular exercise to keep fit and healthy
  • Obesity is linked to bowel cancer: that’s a fact.

Based on a Press Release by "CCC" Dated: August 2004

NOTE: Special Thanks to Claire Jagot at CCC Press Office

For further information on bowel cancer please visit the CCC
website www.coloncancer.org.uk or call the CCC Infoline on 08708 50 60 50

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