Bowel Cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK. Over 43,000 patients are diagnosed every year and it is the second biggest cancer killer. But, bowel cancer is easily treated and cured when caught early.
Bowel Cancer typically affects over 50’s but can occur at any time.
The main symptoms of Bowel cancer are;
- Blood in stools
- Unexplained stool changes
- Unexplained weight loss
- Extreme tiredness
- Pain/lump in stomach
Having one or more of these symptoms does not mean that you have bowel cancer. However, if these are noticeable changes for you it is always best to be checked by a clinician in your GP Surgery. The clinician will be able to help, reassure and refer for further tests if required.
** These symptoms are nothing to be embarrassed about **
Although there is no known cause of bowel cancer there are some lifestyle changes that could reduce the risk of bowel cancer;
- Plenty of fibre in your diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular exercise
- Quitting smoking
- Reducing alcohol intake
Between the age of 50-60 a FIT (faecal immunochemical test) will be sent to each person via post with instructions on how to complete the test and how to return the test via post.
If you or someone you know is affected by bowel cancer and need further help and advise, please use the link below for Bowel Cancer UK – the Uk’s leading Charity designed to help you or loved ones when you need them