A Reminder of the Importance of Bowel Health

As we mark the two-year anniversary of Dame Deborah James's passing, we reflect not only on her incredible courage and advocacy but also on the crucial lessons she left us about bowel health. Dame Deborah, known affectionately as "Bowel Babe," dedicated her final years to raising awareness about bowel cancer, inspiring many to take their health seriously and remove the stigma surrounding bowel issues. Her legacy reminds us that regular checks and early detection are vital.

Check Your Poo

One of the most significant messages Dame Deborah championed was the importance of paying attention to your bowel movements. Your poo can tell you a lot about your health. Changes in bowel habits, such as consistency, frequency or the presence of blood can be early signs of bowel cancer and other digestive disorders.

Know what to look for:

- Colour: Healthy poo is brown. Black, red, or pale stools can indicate a problem.
- Shape and Consistency: Healthy stools are usually sausage-shaped and smooth. Persistent diarrhoea or constipation can be a sign of an underlying issue.
- Frequency: Regular bowel movements are a good sign. A sudden change in frequency warrants attention.

Making Screening Easier

Checking your bowel health has never been easier, thanks to the Newfoundland at-home Bowel Health test kits. These kits provide a simple, non-invasive way to monitor your health from the comfort of your home.

Here's how it works:

1. Collection: The kit comes with everything you need to collect a small sample of your stool

2. Testing: Follow the simple instructions to perform the test

3. Analysis: Read your results after 5 minutes

The Newfoundland Bowel Health Test detects hidden blood in the stool, a common early sign of bowel cancer, and other markers that might indicate the need for further investigation. Regular use of these kits can be a life-saving measure, allowing for early detection and treatment of potential issues.

Taking Action

Here are some proactive steps you can take to monitor your bowel health:

- Educate Yourself: Learn about the symptoms of bowel cancer and the importance of bowel health.

- Regular Checks: Incorporate checking your poo into your routine. Make it a habit to notice any changes.

- Use Self-Test Kits: Take advantage of the convenience and accessibility of the Newfoundland at-home Bowel Health Test for regular screening.

- Consult Healthcare Providers: If you notice any changes or receive concerning results from your test, seek medical advice promptly.