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‘Get to know cancer’ at White Hart Lane

Posted on 21 February 2015  - 08:00

As part of our continued support for ‘Get to know cancer’, helping to raise awareness of cancer symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis, we once again welcome the ‘Get to know cancer’ market stall, nurses and volunteers to White Hart Lane for Sunday's match against West Ham.

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The stall on Spurs Square is staffed by trained nurses who will offer advice and health checks to fans ahead of the 12noon kick-off.

‘Get to know cancer’, in collaboration with NHS England Transforming Cancer Services Team for London, will be joined by one of its charity partners, Bowel Cancer UK, a charity that aims to reduce deaths from bowel cancer and improve the life of people affected by the cancer.

Volunteers from Bowel Cancer UK will be handing out information about the tell-tale signs of bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is England’s fourth most common cancer, with around 41,000 new cases each year. Bowel cancer affects both men and women. Most people diagnosed with Bowel cancer are over 50 but 2,100 people under 50 are diagnosed each year too. The sooner a person is diagnosed, the better their chances of successful treatment.

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The symptoms of bowel cancer include:

- A change in your bowel habits for over three weeks

- Blood in poo

- A pain or lump in your tummy

- Feeling more tired than usual for some time

- Losing weight for no obvious reason

If you have noticed any of these things, you should see your GP as soon as possible. Over 90% of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer are successfully treated. A trip to your doctor’s surgery could save your life.

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74. You will automatically be sent an invitation to take part if you are aged 60-74.

If you have noticed any unexplained changes in your health, make sure you drop by the stall and remember, cancer ‘is treatable, even beatable’ if found early.

www.gettoknowcancer.org

Twitter: @gettoknowcancer #treatableevenbeatable