Bowel cancer ...up to 80 diagnosed in Donegal every year

Paddy Walsh

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Paddy Walsh

Between seventy and eighty people are diagnosed every year with bowel cancer in Donegal, it was revealed yesterday.

Between seventy and eighty people are diagnosed every year with bowel cancer in Donegal, it was revealed yesterday.

The figure was unveiled at a special information session at Letterkenny General Hospital which has been to the forefront in hosting awareness programmes to help promote early detection.

“The message is if you’re treated early, the better the chance of a cure,” Colorectal nurse, Cathy Walsh maintained.

“In Donegal between seventy and eighty people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year so it’s important to look out for the signs and symptoms,” she said.

The Irish Cancer Society has identified April as Bowel Cancer Awareness month and launched its awareness campaign three years ago. Nurses at Letterkenny General Hospital have, however, been highlighting such awareness for the past seven years in an effort to offer advice and answer questions in an information setting.

“There has been a good deal of interest from the public. In fact there was a queue here when we arrived at 2 o’clock - we always get a good response when we stage these awareness afternoons,” said Ms. Walsh who was accompanied by Rita Marron.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press.