Bowel Cancer Diagnosis Delayed As Patients Fail To Recognise Symptoms And Feel Embarrassment

Around 22% of patients who suffer the disease are taken to hospital as an emergency case. People who are admitted this way are likely to have a more advanced stage of cancer , which is often harder to treat. The authors of the National Bowel Cancer Audit said that emergency admission rates are a “substantial challenge”. The audit, conducted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, also found that patients who are operated on are almost twice as likely to live for two years beyond cancer diagnosis compared with those who are not. The data from more than 50,000 bowel cancer patients found that four in five who underwent major surgery in England and Wales between April 2008 and March 2010 lived beyond two years of diagnosis. But only two in every five who were too frail to have surgery or whose cancer was too advanced for them to be operated on survived for two years, researchers found. See Also: One In 10 ‘Have Experienced Potential Signs Of Cancer’ Survey Finds Mark Flannagan, chief executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “A major concern is that there hasn’t been any improvement on the number of people being diagnosed with bowel cancer as an emergency – when the disease tends to be more advanced and outcomes poorer. “A mixture of embarrassment, worry and lack of awareness means that people delay seeking help until it’s too late. “More needs to be done to educate both the public and GPs about the symptoms of bowel cancer and how vital it is to catch it early.” Nigel Scott, audit clinical lead and consultant colorectal surgeon at the Royal Preston Hospital, said: “Blood, bowels and poo tend to get sat on, as embarrassment puts people off from seeing the doctor. “Getting past the bathroom door and seeking the support of a health professional is the best means of finding a cancer as soon as possible.” ALSO ON HUFFPOST UK: Loading Slideshow Eat Fiber From Whole Grains Researchers from Britain and the Netherlands found that the more total dietary fiber and cereal fiber people consumed, the lower their colorectal cancer risk. For example, people who consumed an extra 90 grams of whole grains a day also had a 20 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer, according to the British Medical Journal review. However, that same study didn’t show a link between eating fiber from fruits and vegetables and a lowered colorectal cancer risk, meaning there may be something else in whole grains at work, too. Take Aspirin Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that people who take aspirin once a day have a 30 percent decreased risk of dying from colorectal cancer, if taken for at least a nine-month period. And, the benefit extended to after a person had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The researchers found that people who had already been diagnosed and who took aspirin had a 23 percent decreased risk of dying from the disease, compared with people who didn’t take it at all. Eat Chocolate (Maybe) The Daily Mail reported on a study in mice, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, showing that rats exposed to a carcinogen developed fewer colon cancer lesions than rats if they consumed high-cocoa diets.

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