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Dorset One of the Best when talking About "Taboo" Bowel Cancer

Bowel Cancer

12:31pm 16th April 2014

Dorset is one of the best when it comes to people getting checked out for Bowel Cancer.

A new report out today shows over 65% of us are listening to guidelines and getting screened for the disease.

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer and the fourth most common cancer.

Charity Beating Bowel Cancer says 41% of people in the South West are most likely to talk to their spouse or partner about bowel cancer.

24% of people say they're embarrassed to talk to someone about the issue.

Chief Executive of the Beat Bowel Cancer charity Mark Flannagan says it's great to see people in Dorset taking up the screenings, but he's still concerned;

"It's fantastic two thirds of people in Dorset take up the screening test when offered, but of course it's bad news that a third aren't. When you compare it with breast or cervical cancer that's in the high 70% areas, we have a way to go."

Mark told us it's vital to talk about the disease and get check out;

"I think we're dealing with one of the last taboos in society, after all we are talking about bowels and bottoms, blood and poo, nearly 8 in 10 of people in Dorset haven't spoken to their parents about bowel cancer. I think it's taboo and the message hasn't got through that bowel cancer can be beaten. If you catch bowel cancer early it can be beaten in 9 out of 10 cases."

For more information about Bowel Cancer, symptoms, help and advice log onto the Beat Bowel Cancer charity website by clicking here.

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