Bowel cancer is Scotland’s second biggest cancer killer, but it is treatable if diagnosed at an early stage.
Being aware of symptoms can increase the chance of early diagnosis, but a recent study by Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer revealed that almost a third of people in Scotland were not aware of any bowel cancer symptoms at all.
Signs of the disease can include a persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit, unexplained weight loss and extreme tiredness for no obvious reason.
Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said: “As a local MSP, I am totally committed to increasing awareness of bowel cancer symptoms, both locally and nationally.
“I would urge my constituents, if they are worried that something is wrong, to visit their GP.
“Your GP may be able to put your mind at rest or refer you for further testing – early diagnosis really can save lives.”
Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer are giving away free copies of their symptoms guide.
To sign up for a free guide or find out more about Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk or www.beatingbowelcancer.org.