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Men 'less aware' of disease symptoms

Men aged over 50 are often 'not aware' of the symptoms for cancer, arthritis and dementia. 

A survey has shown that 55% of men were aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer, compared to 72% of women. 

Men were most likely to go and see their GP when they found blood in their urine (82%) or in their stool (78%) and when they felt severe pain (74%).

A survey released by Saga asked more than 11,000 men and women in their UK what would make them visit general practice and on their general knowledge of diseases. 

Men whose partners or children pressured them to get a check up were more likely to see a doctor. 

A recent study by Cancer Research UK found that bowel cancer rates among men have increased by more than a quarter in the last 35 years.

Deborah Alsina, chief executive of charity Bowel Cancer UK said: "It is deeply worrying that men remain less aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and are less likely to take part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme than women.

"Bowel cancer is preventable, treatable and curable and should not be the UK's second biggest cancer killer, yet currently only around 50% of people are living longer than five years."