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Get hairy and help beat bowel cancer

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It’s that time of year again when NHS Solihull CCG staff members ditch the razor for a month and embrace the power of the beard! Grow a beard throughout December to help raise funds and awareness for Bowel
Cancer UK, and impress your friends, family and colleagues with your bearded efforts along the way!

Did you know 1 in 14 men will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime?

More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer.  However it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Decembeard is a national fundraising campaign encouraging men to get sponsored to grow a beard in December to raise awareness and money to support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer.

The rules are simple, just clean shave on 30 November and let your facial hair flourish throughout the month of December in the run up to Christmas. Already bearded? No problem. Dye, ditch or decorate your beard and join the campaign. 

Sign up at bowelcanceruk.org.uk/decembeard

Chris Read, former England cricketer and Bowel Cancer UK Patron, said;

“My first cricket coach died from bowel cancer and as a consequence my awareness of this disease increased greatly. He was a wonderful man who, along with his family, became great friends and that’s why I became a patron of Bowel Cancer UK.  That’s also why I’m encouraging sons, dads, brothers, uncles, nephews and granddads to join together this Decembeard and show their support for the charity.”

Doug Middleton, Chief Operating Officer NHS Solihull CCG, said:

“Bowel cancer is treatable can be cured especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.

“We are all supporting this important message at the CCG by growing beards, myself included! So please join us in spreading the word and getting these messages out there.”

Symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting three weeks or more
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A pain or lump in your stomach

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. But if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, go to see your GP.

For more information, visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk