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Health chiefs support awareness month to help beat bowel cancer

Health leaders at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are backing bowel cancer Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness and join the fight against cancer.

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer - every half an hour someone dies of the disease with around 16,000 people dying of bowel cancer every year.  Almost 9 out of 10 people with bowel cancer are over the age of 60.  The symptoms of bowel cancer can be:

  • A change in bowel habit
  • Bleeding from the bottom or blood in poo
  • A pain in the tummy.

Health commissioners urge local people to have their say on procedure policies

People in Birmingham and Solihull are being invited to give their views on changes which will affect the availability of certain medical treatments and procedures.
Known as Procedures of Lower Clinical Value (PLCV), they include the removal of tonsils, cataracts surgery, cosmetic surgery, hip and knee surgery. These are generally treatments or procedures which are beneficial, but only in the right circumstances.