Health chiefs at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are backing IBS Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is thought to affect up to one in five people at some point in their life. People who have symptoms of IBS are being encouraged to seek medical advice.
The symptoms for the condition vary between individuals and may affect some people more severely than others – the main symptoms tend to be bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation. The condition usually develops when patients are aged between 20 and 30 years of age and it affects twice as many women as men. Once diagnosed the condition is often life-long, although it may improve over several years.
Health leaders at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are appealing to people to take extra care as spring temperatures arrive and increase the effects of air pollution and trigger higher pollen counts.
The appeal is being issued ahead of Allergy Awareness Week which takes place 18 - 24 April 2016. Allergy Awareness Week is spearheaded by Allergy UK, the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK.
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.