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Giant inflatable colon educates Barking shoppers on bowel cancer

PUBLISHED: 13:16 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 30 May 2017

The giant inflatable colon which members of the public can be made aware of the early signs of bowel cancer.

The giant inflatable colon which members of the public can be made aware of the early signs of bowel cancer.

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A giant inflatable colon is taking shoppers by surprise as they find out more about a common cancer.

The giant inflatable colon which members of the public can be made aware of the early signs of bowel cancer. Angela Dean from IBO talking to Alison Robert from Jo's Cervical Cancer TrustThe giant inflatable colon which members of the public can be made aware of the early signs of bowel cancer. Angela Dean from IBO talking to Alison Robert from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

The enormous structure in Short Blue Place, Barking, maps out the different stages of bowel cancer, the fourth most common cancer and the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Currently, only 43 per cent of Barking and Dagenham residents over 60 get screened every two years, compared to a national average of 58pc.

UCLH cancer collaborative were on hand to discuss the cancer with passers-by. Chief medical officer Prof Kathy Pritchard-Jones said: “If diagnosed early enough bowel cancer is very treatable, with more than nine out of 10 people receiving successful treatment.

“But often symptoms are missed which is why it is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. This is why it’s so important for people to go to their GP with any concerning symptoms and to take part in the national bowel cancer screening programme that starts at the age of 60.”

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