Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group is urging people in East Lincolnshire to tell their doctor if they have had tummy troubles for three weeks or more, as this could be a sign of cancer.
A new Public Health England Be Clear on Cancer campaign, launched on 9th February and targeting men and women over the age of 50, focuses on highlighting a number of key abdominal symptoms that may be a sign of cancer if experienced for three weeks or more.
Aside from its key message “if you have had tummy troubles for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer, tell your doctor”, the campaign will highlight that finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
Tracy Pilcher, Chief Nurse at Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Don’t ignore the warning signs,
“If you have been suffering from tummy troubles such as diarrhoea, bloating, discomfort or anything else that just doesn’t feel right for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer.
“It’s probably nothing serious but finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
“Tell your doctor.”
“Around 55,800 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Midlands, and the cancer mortality rate is higher in the Midlands compared to England.
“89 percent of people diagnosed with cancer in the Midlands in 2014 were 50 or older, hence the focus of the new campaign.
“So it is crucial that you tell your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms highlighted by the campaign.”
For more information visit www.cruk.org/abdominal-symptoms-campaign