Bowel Cancer

About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime with the risk increasing with age

If bowel cancer is detected at the earliest stage, there is over a 90% chance of survival and it is one of the most successful cancers to treat.

Symptoms include -

  • a change in your normal bowel habit lasting 3 weeks or more. E.G. Loose stools, diarrhoea, increased frequency

  • Bleeding from the bottom (rectum) and/or blood in your stools lasting 3 weeks or more

  • Unexplained extreme tiredness and/or weight loss

  • A pain or lump in your abdomen and/or back passage

Most symptoms won't be bowel cancer but sometimes it is easy to dismiss or leave them for longer than you should.

If you have any symptoms and are over 50, call us and ask for a bowel check at the surgery.

For further information go to www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

How to do the Bowel Cancer Screening Test

Aged 60 – 74? You’ll be sent a free bowel cancer screening kit in the post once every two years. It’s meant for people with no symptoms and can find bowel cancer at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat successfully. Don't ignore it. Take the test.

Aged 60 – 74? You’ll be sent a free bowel cancer screening kit in the post once every two years. It’s meant for people with no symptoms and can find bowel cancer at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat successfully. Don't ignore it. Take the test.