By Lotus Finch, Apr 25 2018 01:35PM
I hope this post finds you well, and that you're enjoying our lighter evenings. I love the Spring with all its vibrant energy and sense of hope. It reminds me that another year has passed, another cycle is beginning and I am grateful for the life that I have. This brings me to the subject of this month's post, which is possibly a bit less cheery when viewed from the perspective of the media and medical profession, though there is light at the end of this particular tunnel. As well as being IBS Awareness Month, April is also Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so I thought it might be a good time to let you know that there are options available that might put your mind at ease around the subject.
There are some pretty grim statistics for bowel cancer and these I've taken from the Bowel Cancer UK website:
- Over 41,200 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK.
- Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK after breast, prostate and lung cancers.
- More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases (59%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. But bowel cancer can affect any age.
1 in 14 men (7%) and 1 in 19 women (5%) will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.
There is a whole host of related information on their site but I thought those stats are enough to get the point across. The good news is that bowel cancer can be treated quite successfully if detected and diagnosed early enough. Unfortunately though, the NHS doesn't start screening until you reach 60 years of age and whilst there are plans to introduce an earlier screening from age 55 (whereby a doctor or nurse will insert a thin flexible instrument into your bottom to have a look around), it doesn't seem to qualify as a standard procedure in all areas of the UK yet, so your eligibility for this might be dependent upon where you live.
Many people we see in the clinic are afraid they might have cancer of the bowel. They might comment that there has been a history of cancer in the family, and it might even be the reason that they've come for treatment. It seems to make sense that a clean colon might be a happier and healthier one, although I am required to clearly state that there is no evidence to support that colon hydrotherapy is a preventative measure to cancer. However, if you're really concerned and would like some peace of mind on the subject, it is possible to perform a stool test to find out more about the health of your bowel, prior to you reaching 60 years of age. The test kit can be ordered and performed in the privacy of your own home. The sample is discreetly sent off to a laboratory for analysis and the results will be received a couple of weeks later. Please email me email@example.com for the cost of this service.
I'm sorry to bring your awareness to this difficult subject, but so many lives are touched and affected by cancer these days, we cannot afford to deny its existence. And like I said previously, bowel cancer is one that can be managed with great success if it's identified quickly.
Of course, I'm pretty bowel focused and many of our family conversations revolve around poo, but I imagine we're in the minority. Some folk are embarrassed and uncomfortable around the subject, but please don't let that be a reason to not seek help if you've got some fears or doubts in this area.