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What are the symptoms
of bowel cancer

Bowel cancer symptom awareness

What are the symptoms of bowel cancer



Awareness about bowel cancer | About | How to spot it | What to do


If you've had blood in your poo or looser poo for 3 weeks, your doctor wants to know.


Chances are it's nothing to worry about, but these symptoms could be signs of bowel cancer, so tell your doctor. Finding bowel cancer early makes it more treatable and could save your life.


About Bowel cancer


Bowel cancer is England's second most common cancer, with around 33,000 new cases each year. It is the second biggest cancer killer, but it needn't be that way.

Bowel cancer affects both men and women. Nine out of ten people diagnosed with the disease are over 50 and those with a family history of bowel cancer are more at risk.

However, the sooner a patient is diagnosed with bowel cancer, the better their chances of successful treatment.


How do I spot it?


The symptoms of bowel cancer can include blood in your poo or looser poo. You should see your doctor straight away if you've had either of these symptoms for 3 weeks or more. Other bowel cancer symptoms include:


A pain or lump in your tummy

Feeling more tired than usual for some time

Losing weight for no obvious reason

Not all symptoms mean it's bowel cancer. They can be due to other conditions, such as haemorrhoids (piles), which may still need treatment. But don't try to diagnose yourself. Go and see your doctor now to find out for sure. If you know anyone with any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.



How important is it to see my doctor?



You're not wasting anyone's time by getting your symptoms checked out and, if it's not serious, your mind will be put at rest. However, if it turns out to be a condition such as bowel cancer, early detection can make all the difference. Over 90% of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer are successfully treated. A trip to your doctor's surgery could save your life.



Read more from the NHS


Watch the bowel cancer TV advert


We can give you the information and support you need to understand your diagnosis and treatment options. Talk to our specialist nurses or find out about other ways we can help. Find out more

Related pages:

Aspirin 'reduces bowel cancer risk'


Go Nuts and Fight Cancer


Health cancer information for the over 50's


A Health Guide for Every Decade of a Man's Life



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