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Huge rise in searches for bowel cancer symptoms after Dame Deborah James’ death

Deborah James and Steve Bland (Ian West/PA)
Deborah James and Steve Bland (Ian West/PA)

The number of people checking bowel cancer symptoms on the NHS website increased tenfold after the death of Dame Deborah James, the health service said.

Latest figures from the NHS show that 23,274 visits were made to NHS webpages for bowel cancer on Wednesday, up from 2,000 the day before.

Dame Deborah’s family confirmed on Tuesday that the campaigner and podcaster had died aged 40 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.