Info day on disease at station

HEALTH workers will be targeting Doncaster Interchange to get people talking about the symptoms of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest killer. In Doncaster, nearly 600 people were diagnosed with the disease from 2006 to 2008.

And over 240 people died from it between 2007 and 2009. The highest risk age range for both men and women is between 55 and 75.

From 9am until 1pm tomorrow, health workers will be giving travellers something to think about.

Their straight talking advice is ‘if for the last three weeks you’ve had blood in your poo or it’s looser, tell your doctor’.

Spotting these potential symptoms of bowel cancer early could mean a lot more people surviving the disease.

The interchange team will also be urging people to take part in the free bowel cancer screening programme when they receive a kit through the post.

Everyone aged between 60 and 74 registered with a GP will be sent a test kit to use at home.

The test involves taking samples from three bowel motions and putting them on the special test kit card.