Bowel cancer prevention and awareness project

Building on the Be Cancer SAFE North Derbyshire campaign, Derbyshire Voluntary Action are working to raise awareness of bowel cancer signs and symptoms and the importance of screening amongst men in areas where uptake is traditionally low. Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK and affects 1 in every 15 males. The disease is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

The project employs a community approach to improving cancer survival creating a network of cancer champions who help to remove barriers and normalise conversations about cancer. This in turn can lead to more people attending their screening or contacting their GP if there are concerns.

You can find out more and make a pledge to be a cancer champion by visiting www.becancersafe-nd.org and simply start having health conversations wherever and whenever you get the opportunity.

Our message is simple:
Screening – Participate in screening when invited
Awareness – Be aware of any changes in your body
Fast – If you notice changes, act fast. Contact your GP
Early – Early detection saves lives. Recognise the symptoms and act promptly

For more information and to help spread the message email Richard Colgrave, Development Worker at becancersafe@dva.org.uk

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