Do you give a crap?

A very good campaign video by Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa.

Bowel is one of the cancers we don’t like to talk about, as anything around that area can be a bit yucky. But it is the number two killer in New Zealand. Almost as many people die from bowel as from breast and prostrate combined. Around 1,200 NZers a year die from it and 3,000 get diagnosed. This is one of the highest rates in the world.

Your lifetime risk of is 1 in 18 for men and 1 in 23 for women and can affect people of any age (but more common over 50). The good news is the 75% of cases are treatable if caught early enough.

So what are the symptoms of bowel cancer. They include:

  • Bleeding from the bottom or seeing blood in the toilet after a bowel motion
  • Change of bowel motions over several weeks without returning to normal
  • Persistent or periodic severe pain the abdomen
  • A lump or mass in the abdomen
  • Tiredness and loss of weight for no particular reason
  • Anaemia

More info on symptoms and screening is on the Beat Bowel Cancer website.

In England the five year survival rate for those diagnosed early is 93%. For those diagnosed at Stage D (late) it is only 7%.

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