Cancer awareness roadshow in Rugby

Be Clear on Cancer 'abdominal symptoms' roadshow event manager Chris Ryder at Bullring Shopping Centre. Photo by Jonathan Hipkiss/Public Health England NNL-170327-131302001
Be Clear on Cancer 'abdominal symptoms' roadshow event manager Chris Ryder at Bullring Shopping Centre. Photo by Jonathan Hipkiss/Public Health England NNL-170327-131302001

A roadshow raising awareness about ‘tummy troubles’ lasting three weeks or more potentially being a sign of cancer is in Rugby today (Tuesday, March 28).

Be Clear On Cancer encourages people noticing abdominal problems to visit their doctor as early diagnosis makes cancer more treatable.

The Public Health England team will be at Clock Towers Shopping Centre from 9am to 5.30pm with advice and a nurse on hand to chat to people.

In the West Midlands around 30,500 people are diagnosed with cancer each year – with 3,060 in Warwickshire.

While about 14,400 people die of the disease in the West Midlands – with approximately 1,390 deaths annually in the county.

The roadshows are part of a wider campaign that has been launched by Public Health England across the West and East Midlands, and will encourage anyone suffering from symptoms such as persistent diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort in the tummy area, to see their doctor.

These problems can be a sign of a number of different cancers, such as bowel, ovarian or pancreatic.

At the roadshow events, campaign information leaflets will be distributed and a nurse will be on hand to talk to anyone who has any questions.

PHE West Midlands director of health and wellbeing Dr Lola Abudu said: “In the West Midlands around 30,500 people are diagnosed with cancer each year and around 14,400 die from the disease.

“The roadshow touring the West Midlands will raise awareness that tummy troubles such as diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort that have lasted for three weeks or more could be a sign of cancer.

“It’s a great opportunity for residents to get information from the team as it’s important to know about these symptoms and to see your GP if you have any of them.

“You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting symptoms checked out. It’s probably nothing serious, but if it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable.

“About nine in 10 cases of cancer are diagnosed in people aged 50 or over. Our survey shows that many over 50s in the Midlands would be worried about wasting their doctor’s time if they had diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort for three weeks or more. But persistent tummy troubles such as these could be a sign of cancer and people should be encouraged to see their GP. The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow events are a fantastic opportunity for people to speak to the team and find out more.”

For further information about tummy troubles as a possible sing of cancer, visit: {https://www.nhs.uk/be-clear- on-cancer/symptoms/tummy- troubles|www.nhs.uk/be-clear- on-cancer/symptoms/tummy- troubles}.