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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However it shouldn't be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early which is why the UK's leading bowel cancer research charity, Bowel Cancer UK, is using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on screening.

Screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

If you are over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland), take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 60 (or over 50 in Scotland) in your life, to take the test.

For more information about screening visit http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/screening/


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You will find patient information about a range of conditions affecting the gut and liver on Core's website (link below).

Note:leaflets on the following topics were reviewed in 2014 and printed in 2015. They will be reviewed again in 2016/17.

  • Acute Diarrhoea
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Bloating and Wind
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Faecal Incontinence
  • Gallstones
  • Heartburn and Reflux
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Cancer
  • Looking After Your Insides
  • Perianal Disease
  • Polyps in the Bowel

This information is published by Core – (formerly the Digestive Disorders Foundation) in association with the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology. The link to Core's materials is provided for information only. The information contained on their website is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other health care professional. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment. The publishers are not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for ANY form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information contained in or implied by the information provided.


Hep C Coalition publishes factsheets on hepatitis C and associated diseases

The Hepatitis C Coalition has published a series of factsheets setting out the relationship between hepatitis C and other diseases, with a view to broadening understanding of the links between different conditions.

People with hepatitis C often have other health conditions and action to improve hepatitis C services could have additional benefits for these other diseases, and vice versa.

The factsheets were developed on the basis of interviews with patient and clinical experts, as well as drawing upon the expertise within the Coalition’s membership. They can be found below:


Disease Modifying Drugs in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):

The following leaflets are designed to provide information for patients with IBD regarding the use of disease modifying drugs, their indications, side effects and guidelines for safe monitoring. This document does not cover the use of biological agents whose use is considered elsewhere.

Azathioprine

Ciclosporin

Methotrexate

Aminosalicylates (5-ASA)


Campaign Against Reflux Disease (CARD)

The Campaign Against Reflux Disease (CARD) is a charity that aims to educate the public about the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and encourages them to deal with it by seeing their GP.

Dr Pulak Sahay speaks about CARD's work on YouTube - featuring tips on lifestyle modification to help reduce the symptoms of GORD:

Video: Having an Endoscopy

Using patient information videos in your endoscopy service

This video is available for endoscopy services to personalise with a trust's logo and contact details to help to support and guide patients, reduce their anxiety and potentially reduce costs. The example is available by clicking here.

This is part of a new service from South Devon NHS Trust called Health and Care Videos which provides access to a library of over 170 videos for use across a trust in a wide range of specialties. Please discuss the potential of this new service with your consultant/colleagues by sending them this link.