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Call for earlier diagnosis of bowel cancer

Call for earlier diagnosis of bowel cancer

Published at 8:09am 22nd April 2015. (Updated at 8:16am 22nd April 2015)

A North Yorkshire man is warning others not to risk their lives by missing the early signs of bowel cancer.

Steve Worsnopp from Topcliffe recently lost his mother to the disease - not long after his brother had been diagnosed with the condition.

Research out today from the charity Beating Bowel Cancer shows just 43% of patients in Harrogate and District are diagnosed at an early stage, while in Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale that figure is 47%.

In some areas, successful early diagnosis rates are as high as 63%.

Steve said: "If we can get the message out that it shouldn't be a taboo subject and you don't need to die of ignorance and you don't need to die of embarrassment...that would be a huge step forward.

"Everybody kind of knows what the symptoms of breast cancer are, and ten years ago that wouldn't have been the case.

"So we can see the progress that's been made in that particular condition.

"Being aware of what the symptoms are, not being afraid to discuss them and being willing to go and get them checked out - as I know from my own experience - can be the difference between life and death."

Steve recently ran an incredible 1000km in 100 days in order to raise awareness of cancer symptoms due to what happened to his family in 2014. 

In January his brother-in-law was also diagnosed with prostate cancer, while in February his aunt died of lung cancer.

It is claimed if every NHS region in England were to perform as well as the best at diagnosing the disease at stages 1 and 2, 3,200 lives could be saved and £34 million could be diverted to other bowel cancer services and treatments.

To find out more about the symptoms of bowel cancer, go to https://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/bowel-cancer-symptoms