Members of the public invited to meet Dr Jack

Members of the public invited to meet Dr Jack

In support of national bowel cancer awareness month, local volunteers and health professionals will be hitting the streets of Skelmersdale to tell people about the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

The NHS in West Lancashire is encouraging people to come down to The Concourse shopping centre in Skelmersdale to receive direct advice from local GP Dr Jack Kinsey and useful information about the bowel cancer screening process.

The information stand will be based outside the Citizens Advice Bureau at the Concourse on Saturday 12 April from 10am until midday.

Dr Jack Kinsey said:  “This opportunity is open to everyone and is designed to get people talking about bowel cancer, understand the dangers and find out about ways to reduce the risk.   The symptoms are often noticeable so people need to speak to their GP if they notice any changes.”

You should talk to your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms for three weeks or more:

–           Blood in your poo

–           Change in your poo (diarrhoea or constipation)

–           Pain or a lump in your tummy

–           Unexplained weight loss or tiredness

Dr Kinsey continues: “90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated IF they are spotted early.  Screening kits help to spot the signs early and in high risk age groups between 60-74 years old are advised to be screened every two years.”

People 60-74 years old can request a screening kit by calling 0800 707 60 60 or visiting www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel

For more information about the condition, please contact the charity Beating Bowel Cancer. You can call their nurse helpline on 08450 719 301, email nurse@beatingbowel.org or visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org.

To download the West Lancashire posters which highlight the dangers of bowel cancer, please visit the CCG’s website www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk

This activity is carried out in support of national bowel cancer awareness month and is delivered in West Lancashire by NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, Council for Voluntary Services, Lancashire County Council’s public health team and NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

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For further information, please contact Sean Fell on 01695 588000 or by using meg.pugh@westlancashireccg.nhs.uk