Catching bowel cancer early cures 90% of cases. Are you over 50? Are you experiencing a change in bowel habit for 3 weeks or more? Ask at reception when you visit for a bowel health appointment.
About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime with the risk increaing 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 susccessful cacers to treat.
Symptoms of bowel cancer still 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 weight loss
- a pain or lump in your abdomen and/or back passage
Most of the symptoms won't be bowel cancer, but sometimes it is easy to dismiss or leave them for longer than your should.
If you have any symptoms and if you are over 50, call us and ask for a bowel check at the surgery.