Bowel cancer

Son's tribute to dad's 'Don't be an idiot' campaign

Tribute to 'Don't be an idiot like me' campaigner who ignored cancer screening tests.
Back in February we had a call from Andy in Weymouth. He told us about launching his "Don't be an idiot like me" campaign, having ignored routine screening tests for years and how he had now been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer.

Andy Cox, who died on 27th June 2019, wanted to use the time he had left to help improve the take-up of cancer screening tests.

Since then, his son, Ellis, called to say he wanted to pay tribute to his father and talk about how he's now taking on his dad's campaign. 

The family hope to set up a trust in Andy's name and continue to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Trust and Poole and District Children's Cancer Fund.

Ellis Cox spoke to BBC Radio Solent's Steve Harris.

Cumbrian hospital in study to find better cancer test

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

South Cumbria's hospitals are trialling what could lead to a cheaper, and less intrusive, way of checking people for bowel cancer, by looking at a "simple blood test" for the UK's third most common cancer.

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The blood test would replace the colonoscopy that currently follows suspicious symptoms found in the first screen test, and involved inserting a tube with a video camera looking for cancerous growths.

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation, based at the radiotherapy unit in Preston which serves South Cumbria, is funding the research into the blood test which could cut the cost of screening and avoid unnecessary colonoscopy procedures.

Colerectal surgeon Georgios Sgourakis, who works at Furness General Hospital and the Westmorland General Hospital, is carrying out the trials, which will run until next spring and will involve collaborating with the Biomedical and Life Sciences Department at Lancaster University

'What can I do to help my friend who's been diagnosed with cancer?'

Steve, Lauren and Deborah share tips on how you might help a cancer diagnosee.
Steve Bland, Lauren Mahon and Deborah James share their tips on what people can do for friends or loved ones who've been diagnosed with cancer.