Bury Market get a giant inflatable bowel to promote cancer awareness

By Linsey Humphries

Shoppers should expect to be bowled over next Friday as a large inflatable bowel will visit Bury Market.

The visit comes as part of an NHS Bury initiative to raise awareness of cancer, promote early diagnosis and highlight how a person’s lifestyle can affect their bowel health.

The inflatable, loaned by the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, will allow shoppers to see the inside of a bowel and learn about preventing bowel cancer.

Andrew Heyes, Bury Market’s Manager, said: “We really enjoy welcoming groups and organisations to the Market as it brings the already busy market to life. A large inflatable bowel will certainly catch the eye.

“On a more serious note, this event plays a key part in promoting healthy living and we would encourage all visitors to the market to stop at the stall and take a look at the advice on offer.”

Director of Public Health for NHS Bury, Dr Peter Elton, said: “It is a great opportunity for local people to see what the inside of the bowel looks like and learn about ways to reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.

“Too many people in Bury wait too long before seeing their GP when they get symptoms that may suggest cancer.”

Dr Elton suggests that anyone with diarrhoea or constipation for more than three weeks or passes blood should visit their GP.

Taking part in bowel cancer screenings also help to reduce risk as they can detect changes in the bowel before it becomes cancerous.

The bowel visit is part of NHS Bury’s Community Action to Promote Early Detection (CAPED) of cancer.

The initiative follows statistics showing that approximately 450 people a year die from cancer in Bury.

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