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Embarrassment ‘preventing action on bowel cancer symptoms’

30th August 2012

A new government survey has highlighted the danger of patients allowing embarrassment to prevent them from speaking to their GP about bowel cancer.

One in three people questioned by TNS on behalf of the Department of Health said they would be reluctant to talk to their doctor about their bowel habits, despite the fact that blood in the stool is a key symptom of this potentially deadly disease.

Moreover, only 15 per cent were aware that 34,000 people get bowel cancer each year in England, making it the third most common cancer type in the country.

As a result, the government is currently carrying out a nationwide awareness campaign, fronted by cancer survivor Sharon Osbourne, in order to help people overcome their unwillingness to see their doctor.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: "If you show any of the key symptoms, tell your GP. It could save your life. Early diagnosis makes a huge difference to your chance of survival."

According to the recently published National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, cancer sufferers across the UK have seen improvements in their quality of care over the last year, including a wider range of treatment choices and a more respectful approach from caregivers.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801439064-ADNFCR

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