Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: How can you help?

By Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and we’d like to take the opportunity to remind you about the vital role that pharmacists play in our fight to beat bowel cancer. It is the second biggest cancer killer, but over 90% of cases can be treated successfully if caught in the initial stages, so early detection really does save lives. This is why pharmacists are fundamental in identifying patients who haven’t recognised their symptoms might be cancer or are too embarrassed to visit their GP. Read more Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: How can you help?

Paying the price: prescription charges

By Phil Reynolds, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Crohn’s and Colitis UK

Picture the scene, after weeks of chronic debilitating symptoms and repeat visits to the doctor you finally get referred on to see a hospital specialist.

The day finally arrives and your consultant breaks the news that you have a chronic long-term condition. You’ll need regular medication for the rest of your life to try and control the symptoms. How much will all this cost? Impossible to know, but as of 1st April 2013, it’ll be £7.85 per prescription until you qualify for an age-related exemption in later life. Read more Paying the price: prescription charges

Swap Fags for Swag on No Smoking Day

Hasanin Khachi, Lead Respiratory Pharmacist – Barts Health NHS Trust

The countdown is on and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are pleased to announce their support for the 30th annual No Smoking Day campaign, run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The theme of this milestone year urges smokers to consider the financial benefits of quitting and ‘swap fags for swag’, on Wednesday 13 March, 2013. Read more Swap Fags for Swag on No Smoking Day

Ovarian cancer – is it lurking in the aisles?

by Louise Bayne, Chief Executive, Ovacome: the ovarian cancer support network

The middle-aged woman with abdominal symptoms such as bloating, discomfort or gastric disturbance is an everyday visitor to community pharmacies.

She has ovarian cancer, but doesn’t know it yet.  She’s visited primary care many times, but has received a misdiagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome or recurrent UTI, and has decided to self-medicate with treatments bought from pharmacies.  

How can you help her? Read more Ovarian cancer – is it lurking in the aisles?