Together to beat bowel cancer in our valleys

Today I have spoken in an Assembly debate about bowel cancer. I have been struck by statistics which show the higher incidence rate of this cancer in our valleys communities. So we must do more to help people understand the symptoms, to take up screening opportunities and to tackle taboos.

Following on from today’s debate I am joining my AM colleagues Viiki Howells and Lynne Neagle in a day of joint campaigning this Friday, 18th May, to promote these vital messages across our valleys communities.

On Friday we will be campaigning as follows:

9.30am Sobell centre, Abedare A briefing with Lowri Griffiths from Bowel Cancer UK. You are welcome to join us.

11.30am  Lowri will join us in a visit to the Men’s Shed, Hafod Deg, Rhymney. We will talk to local community leaders and groups. Please come along and join us.

1.30-3.00pm We will be holding a public information and leafleting session in Cwmbran shopping centre. Talking to the public about bowel cancer, raising awareness of the symptoms and the importance of screening.

You can read more about the work of Bowel Cancer UK in Wales here:  https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-us/our-work-in-wales/

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habits lasting three weeks or more
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A  pain or lump in your tummy

Don’t ignore these symptoms – go and get yourself checked.

And if you are in the screening programme don’t be shy of the simple tests. Take up this oportunity – it could save your life!

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