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Join The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow town to beat bowel cancer

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The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust are taking to the streets to beat bowel cancer, and they are keen for everyone to join them in the fight.

April is bowel cancer awareness month and the colorectal (bowel cancer) team at the Harlow hospital will be out in the town to raise awareness of this disease - the fourth most common cancer in the UK today. They are keen to promote the message: with early diagnosis the illness can be treated - so please get checked out.

They are holding a day-long event in Harlow town centre on Wednesday 24 April and hoping lots of people will join them. The day begins at the Harvey Centre, where the colorectal team will be holding a stand from 12 to 2pm; come and speak to them and they will help you with information and advice. Then you are invited to take part in a bowel cancer awareness walk they will be leading through the town to the Harlow Rugby Club - starting at 2pm at the Harvey Centre and ending up at the club, where a barbecue will be laid on for the walkers.

Staff from the hospital led a walk last year to raise awareness of bowel cancer, which involved current and former patients, and it was so well received by everyone, that by popular demand the walk is taking place again this year.

Bowel cancer affects around 1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 women in the UK. If diagnosed at an early stage, it can be treated very successfully in over 90% of cases. In spite of this, bowel cancer remains the UK's second biggest cancer killer, claiming a life every half an hour.

Deepa Cruz, colorectal cancer nurse specialist, who is organising the walk, said: "We are committed to fighting cancer, and a first step to prevention is to raise awareness together.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the UK, with around 42,000 new cases diagnosed every year. About one in every 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime. The symptoms can be subtle and don't necessarily make you feel ill; but bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. That's why this April we are raising awareness of bowel cancer symptoms. Join us for the walk - let's beat bowel cancer together."

Miss Vardhini Vijay, colorectal surgeon and joint surgical lead, said: "Bowel cancer remains the UK's second biggest cancer killer and early diagnosis is crucial to help save lives. Do not ignore your bowel cancer screening invitation."

For more information about this event, please email Deepa deepamol.cruz@nhs.net or sarojinijayaprakash@nhs.net /or call Deepa Cruz on 01279 827182.

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