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18 March 2011, 13:59
NHS Hertfordshire and the Department of Health are bringing a 2.4 metre high walk through inflatable replica of a human colon to Watford, which allows visitors to learn about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. And when it comes to cancer death, it's the second biggest killer. It affects men and women particularly those who are over 50. However the sooner it is diagnosed the better the chances are of survival.
Jackie Williams from Watford said, "I have a long history of bowel cancer in my family so I hope that this inflatable will attract a lot of attention and encourage people to think about bowel cancer. It is one of those subjects that people feel embarrassed to talk about but when I heard about the inflatable I thought that this is a fun way of raising awareness and encouraging people to talk to their GP if they have any of the symptoms."
Hertfordshire GP, Dr Perumal Raveendran said, "the symptoms to look out for are a change to your normal toilet habit to softer or looser poo, going to the loo more often or blood in your poo. If you recognise these symptoms and have had them for three weeks or more, then make an appointment to get checked out by your GP. No need to feel embarrassed - it's all in a days work for your doctor.
"It could be that there's nothing to worry about but if not then the earlier cancer is caught the more chance there is of a complete cure."