Bowel cancer also recognized as colorectal cancer. It brings changes in bowel habits and also results in abdominal pain and blood in poo.
Around 42,900 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK each year. It is the 4th most common cancer in the UK.
Who gets bowel cancer?
Both men and women can get bowel cancer. It is more common in older people.
Risk of bowel cancer
The risk of developing bowel cancer depends on many factors, including age (almost 9 in 10 people with bowel cancer are aged 60 or over), family history of bowel cancer, personal history of medical conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Poor diet and sedentary lifestyle are also important risk factors.
Bowel Cancer Screening
To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, everyone aged 60 to 74 years living in England is automatically sent a bowel cancer screening home test kit every 2 years. The NHS sends a kit to people aged 60 to 74 at home to avoid bowel cancer. People at an early age can also suffer from bowel cancer because of several reasons mentioned above.
When to see your GP for medical advice?
See a GP If you have any of the symptoms of bowel cancer for 3 weeks or more. The GP may decide to examine your tummy and bottom to make sure that there are no lumps. Also, a simple blood test can be undertaken. You can also seek advice from Consultdoc online GP service if you are not sure about your symptoms. Early diagnosis of the disease can save the lives of many people. Visit the NHS website for more information on bowel cancer.