Get checked for early signs of bowel cancer says Portsmouth doctor

Theresa Paddon with her two children, Lee, 18 months, and Darren, three, at their home in Leigh Park

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Give me the facts says worried mum

Have your say

HEALTH bosses in Portsmouth have welcomed a national drive to check for early signs of bowel cancer.

The Be Clear on Cancer initiative will launch in January next year, and encourages people to be aware of symptoms.

As part of the campaign, advertisements will be shown, encouraging people to go to their doctors if they see changes in bowel movement.

Director of public health Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones said: ‘This initiative is very welcome – it will considerably raise awareness about bowel cancer and as such will undoubtedly save lives.

‘No-one likes thinking about cancer, or talking about their poo.

‘But no-one dies of embarrassment. You can die of cancer if you don’t get an early diagnosis.’