DOCTORS in Rotherham are lending their support to a national bowel cancer awareness campaign, as statistics show there are around 190 cases of the condition in the town each year.
In 2008, the last year for which figures are available, 68 people died from bowel cancer in Rotherham.
Nationally, bowel cancer is responsible for more than 13,000 deaths a year, making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.
It is estimated that 1,700 lives could be saved if England’s bowel cancer survival rate matched the best in Europe.
Dr Richard Cullen, cancer lead at NHS Rotherham, said: “Figures show that bowel cancer claims many lives locally every year which is why it’s so important people aren’t afraid to discuss common symptoms which relate to poo.
“Anyone who has blood in their poo or looser poo that has lasted for more than three weeks should arrange to see their doctor.
“The chances are it’s nothing to worry about, but you need to get checked out because early treatment can save lives.
“It’s important to remember that it is a curable disease if it is diagnosed early.”