VOLUNTEERS will be hitting the streets to raise awareness about bowel cancer.
With 92 lives lost to bowel cancer each year in Kirklees, a group of Community Champions will spend the next six weeks raising awareness about symptoms of the disease. The Be Clear on Cancer campaign has been organised by the Yorkshire Cancer Network, which incorporates NHS Kirklees, has been supported by the Department of Health and Cancer Research UK.
Public health consultant at NHS Kirklees, Nicky Hoyle said: “The aim of Be Clear on Cancer is to raise awareness about the risks of bowel cancer if left undetected.
“The campaign is designed to reassure and inform people – reinforcing the need to always get symptoms that might indicate bowel cancer checked out by a GP, even though it may not be something serious.
“More than 90% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer at the early stage survive for at least five years compared with only 6.6% of those diagnosed at the late stage.
The 20 volunteers, or community champions will distribute posters, leaflets and symptom cards throughout Kirklees. They will also have a “bowel cancer” quiz which contains lesser-known facts about the disease.