April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Don’t Sit On Your Symptoms!
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. This year’s bowel cancer awareness raising focuses on the importance of screening and early detection.
Mr Ian Daniels is part of a team of experts at Exeter Medical and is recognised as a leader in the management of bowel cancer in the UK, both for primary disease and recurrence or complex bowel cancer.
He said of the importance of screening:
“Screening helps detect bowel cancer before any symptoms appear, when it is easier to treat. It can also pick up non-cancerous growths (polyps) which could become cancerous in the future.
“While most symptoms won’t turn out to be bowel cancer, if you have experienced bleeding from the bottom for several weeks, have a pain or lump in your stomach, your bowel habits have changed recently including looser stools, if you feel more tired than usual for some time or have lost weight for no obvious reason and you or a friend/relative are concerned – don’t sit on your symptoms, please call Exeter Medical for a consultation today”.
During your consultation Mr Daniels will discuss your family history, checking any symptoms and concerns. There is no need to be embarrassed, as Mr Daniels says:
“I see over 2,500 patients every year. Every patients’ privacy and dignity are respected throughout the whole process, please do not be embarrassed about your bottom”.
In addition to bowel cancer, Mr Daniels also specialises in colorectal care, complications of surgery and reconstruction following intra-abdominal complications. Mr Daniels is also honorary President of Devon Ileostomy Association and runs a stoma clinic. It was this expertise which led to an appearance on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield.
Mr Daniels trained in London, Basingstoke and Oxford before joining Exeter Medical over ten years ago and was awarded a Hungarian Professorship in 2005. He is a member of the British Medical Association, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons England, British Association of Surgical Oncology/Association of Cancer Surgeons, Enteral Nutrition, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
If you or someone you know is worried, don’t sit on your symptoms, make an appointment by calling Tanya now on 01392 350055.