A bowel cancer patient has won a national award for her charity work.
Gail Allen of Arlesey received an achievement award’ from Beating Bowel Cancer.
Gail was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year and she has dedicated her time to raising awareness of the disease and supporting the charity.
Gail’s activities have included taking part in a fundraising Dragon Boat race, sharing her experience of the disease through the media, attending a reception at the House of Commons and supporting other patients through social media.
On Saturday, April 26 Gail received her award at Beating Bowel Cancer’s annual patient day at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.
The day is dedicated to patients and their families who come together to hear the latest developments in bowel cancer and meet others in similar situations.
Gail was presented with her award by the lord mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf. The 54-year-old said: “I’m thrilled to have received this award from Beating Bowel Cancer.
“It’s vital that more people are aware of the symptoms and I want to do all I can to spread the word.”
Gail first noticed something was wrong at the beginning of 2012 when she experienced lower abdominal pains.
Later that year she was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer which had spread to her liver and lungs. Despite her diagnosis, Gail has an overwhelmingly positive attitude.
She said: “I really want to shout from the rooftops to get everyone talking about the disease. “During the Grand National I managed to put some Beating Bowel Cancer posters on display at our local bookmakers. I know this is the type of place where the message can be heard.
“Bowel cancer is a treatable condition when caught early, which is why it’s so vital that people know the symptoms. It’s important to be persistent with your GP and get it checked out if something isn’t right.”
Common symptoms are bleeding from your bottom or blood in your faeces, a pain or lump in your abdomen, unexplained tiredness, dizziness or breathlessness and unexplained weight loss.
You should go to your doctor if you have these symptoms for three weeks.