ActionManIn 2018, Wessex Cancer Trust commissioned a qualitative study to assess the barriers experienced by men affected by cancer in seeking support. This was carried by a group of doctors in Hampshire and included a questionnaire, focus groups and interviews. We know that men are less likely than women to see their doctor when experiencing worrying symptoms, and we know men are less likely to talk about their health concerns. We applied to Action Hampshire for a grant to run this cancer awareness campaign because we believe it’s time for men to feel empowered to be proactive, to take personal responsibility for health concerns, to take action when experiencing worrying symptoms and to help their mates and loved ones by making it okay to talk about this difficult subject. We’re hoping to work with a team of male ‘ambassadors’ who will help us spread the word about the importance of taking action if you’re worried about any of the symptoms of cancer and also of the benefits of talking – a problem shared and all that. If you’ve had your own experience of cancer or a scare in the past, and would be happy to share your story with us, please do get in touch, we’d really like to hear from you. Home About Us Common Cancers in Men Take Action Live Well ActionMan Updates Information Bowel Cancer Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer. Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK. There are about 23,500 new cases in men in the UK every year. The 3 main symptoms of bowel cancer are: Persistent blood in your poo – that happens for no obvious reason or is associated with a change in bowel habit A persistent change in your bowel habit – which is usually having to poo more and your poo may also become more runny Persistent lower abdominal (tummy) pain, bloating or discomfort – that's always caused by eating and may be associated with loss of appetite or significant unintentional weight loss It’s important to note here that most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer as other health problems can cause similar symptoms, but important to get checked out if you have any concerns. Lifestyle risk factors: A diet high in red meat. Drinking alcohol (especially harmful if combined with smoking). Eating processed meats. Being overweight. Smoking. Being inactive. A diet low in fibre (found in foods such as wholegrains, vegetables and fruit). More informationThe NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme provides screening for all men and women aged 60-74 years, and from 50 in Scotland. For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/ For more information about Bowel Cancer please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer/ If you have any of these symptoms, or are concerned about any other signs, take action and get checked out by your doctor. Source: NHS, 2020 and World Cancer Research Fund, 2019.