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Deja POO: We're back for Poo Protest number 2! 

Welcome to our bowel cancer awareness campaign! Last year, we took the streets of Manchester to raise awareness about bowel cancer signs and symptoms.

This year, on April 18th, we're back on the streets for round two. Our goal is simple: educate people about the signs of bowel cancer and help save lives. Join us in spreading the word and making a difference.

Knowledge is POOwer!

Campaign Details

Date, Time, and Location: Join us in Manchester on April 18th from 11 am to 2 pm. Check out our map below to find us along the route.

Purpose of the Campaign: We're hitting the busy streets of Manchester to raise awareness about bowel cancer. Our goal is to engage with the public, educate them about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and encourage open conversations about bowel health. We want to break down the stigma and taboo surrounding discussing bowel habits. If you have concerns, we urge you to speak to your GP or seek private healthcare sooner rather than later.

Dr. Tang, our expert in bowel cancer, will be present to address any medical questions or worries you may have. Whether it's about what to ask your doctor during an appointment, when to be concerned, or how to get tested, Dr. Tang will provide valuable insights and guidance.

Ways to Support or Participate: We appreciate any donations to our GoFundMe page to help us continue our mission. If you're free on April 18th, we invite you to join us and make an even bigger impact on the day. Take the opportunity to ask our GP questions and make some noise with us as we raise awareness and potentially save lives.

Poo is not Taboo

What is Bowel Cancer?

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, develops in the colon or rectum. It usually begins as small, non-cancerous growths called polyps that can become cancerous over time if left untreated.

It is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, with around 17,000 deaths annually.

However, if detected early, bowel cancer is highly treatable, with a 90% survival rate when diagnosed at an early stage.

Risk Factors:
  • Age: The risk of bowel cancer increases with age, especially after 50.
  • Family history: Individuals with a family history of bowel cancer or certain genetic conditions have a higher risk.
  • Diet: A diet high in red or processed meats and low in fiber can increase the risk.
  • Lifestyle factors: Lack of physical activity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to bowel cancer risk.
  • Medical conditions: Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can increase the risk.
Signs and Symptoms:
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or changes in stool consistency.
  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding.
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, including cramps or bloating.
  • Unexplained weight loss or fatigue.
  • Feeling like your bowel doesn't empty completely.
Importance of Early Detection and Screening:

Early detection is crucial for successful treatment of bowel cancer. Screening tests such as colonoscopies or the ColoAlert® test can detect abnormalities in the bowel before symptoms appear, increasing the chances of successful treatment and improving survival rates.

Regular screening is recommended for individuals aged 45 and older, as early detection significantly improves outcomes and reduces mortality rates.

Spreading Awareness for Bowel Cancer Join Our March in Manchester

We invite you to join our team on April 18th 2024 as we embark on a mission to break the taboo surrounding poo! We'll be making some noise around Manchester City Centre to raise awareness about what Bowel Cancer signs to look out for, how to initiate conversations with friends, and ultimately, to potentially save lives of our loved ones. If you're unable to join us on the day, we would greatly appreciate your support through donations to our JustGiving page. Let's make a difference together!

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Our expert team are always hand to help, advise and arrange appointments with our specialist consultants.

When should I see a doctor if I'm worried about bowel cancer symptoms?

If you notice any changes in your bowel habits, like persistent diarrhea or constipation, blood in your stools, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or ongoing fatigue, it's important to see a doctor. This is especially true if you have a family history of bowel cancer or if you're over a certain age and should consider screening. Don't hesitate to seek medical advice if you're concerned about any symptoms. Early detection can make a big difference in treating bowel cancer effectively.

Can bowel cancer be prevented?

While not all cases of bowel cancer can be prevented, early detection through screening and lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of developing the disease. It's essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms, undergo recommended screening, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What happens if bowel cancer is detected during screening?

If bowel cancer is detected during screening, further tests may be required to determine the extent of the cancer and the most appropriate treatment plan. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these.

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