Launching the ‘Don’t Rush To Flush’ campaign, colorectal nurses from FNHC and representatives from HSS spent Saturday 18th April on King Street giving away free toilet rolls, which were wrapped in information about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.
The ‘Don’t Rush to Flush’ campaign is about encouraging people to look in the toilet after they have used it to check for any early signs of bowel cancer. It’s important to understand what bowel habits are normal for you so you can spot any changes.
Signs and symptoms to look out for include:
- A change in bowel habit lasting for three weeks or more, especially to looser or runny poo, needs to be checked by a doctor.
- Any signs of bleeding from your bottom and / or blood in your poo
- Unexplained weight loss,
- Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- Pain or lump in your tummy.
Jersey offers bowel screening for Islanders in their 60th year, and FNHC encourages Islanders to take up the offer of screening. The screening programme uses the flexi-sig test to look for polyps which are growths in the bowel that are harmless at first, but can sometimes develop into cancer if they’re not removed.
For more information on bowel screening and what to do if you have unusual bowel symptoms, visit www.gov.je/bowelscreening.
Stats about bowel cancer:
Colorectal (bowel) cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer in Jersey causing, on average, 55 new cases diagnosed per year.
Nine out of ten cases of bowel cancer can be treated successfully if diagnosed early.
Survival after one year from colorectal cancer has been increasing locally, with a five-year survival for women at 78%. For men, the five-year survival rate has increased from 72% a decade ago to 82%.