Bowel Cancer Awareness Campaign
16 April 2010, 00:00
Heart's been told that more people die from bowel cancer than breast cancer each year, and we need to be more aware of the symptoms.
Latest figures show 352 people died from the disease in Kent in 2008 and there were 839 cases diagnosed in the county in 2006.
It's the second biggest cancer killer behind lung cancer and a new campaign has started to make us more aware of the symptoms because 90% of cases can be successfully treated if they're caught early enough.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is issuing advice to pharmacies in Kent so they will be able to detect and advise on bowel cancer symptoms.
It's because people visit them twice as often as the GP.