April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Published: 11 April 2018
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.
Currently only 15% of people are diagnosed at the earliest stage. Make yourself aware of the key symptoms and remember to visit your GP if things don’t feel quite right as this will increase the chances of early diagnosis.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
- bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
- a persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
- unexplained weight loss
- extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
- a pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer, other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, please see your GP.