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On the street to help fight cancer.

THE battle against bowel cancer will be taken to the streets of Nuneaton tomorrow with the blunt message: "Don't sit on your symptoms."

Nurses from the oncology department at Nuneaton's George Eliot hospital will be staffing a mobile health screening unit which will be visiting the town centre.

Bowel cancer, which recently claimed the life of actor Bill Owen, who played Compo in Last of the Summer Wine, is one of the biggest killers in the country, according to the medical profession.

Jean Whittaker, the health screening co-ordinator at George Eliot hospital, said: "It is one of the most curable cancers if caught early enough.

"We are putting over the message to people not to sit on their symptoms. If people have any problems or want advice, they can come to the health screening unit for a chat with specialist nurses."

The mobile unit from the George Eliot hospital will be outside Marks & Spencer in Bridge Street, Nuneaton, from 9am-3.30pm.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 27, 1999
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