About Bowel Cancer
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, affecting both men and women. Every year 41,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer,which equates to a diagnosis every 15 minutes and around 16,000 people die of the disease.
Bowel cancer can be treated using a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and, in some cases, biological therapy. If diagnosed at the earliest stage, bowel cancer can be treated successfully, with nine out of ten people surviving for more than five years. However, only one in ten people are diagnosed at this stage.
Symptoms of bowel cancer include:
• Bleeding from the bottom and/or blood in your stools.
• A change in your normal bowel habit lasting three weeks or more, especially to looser or runny stools.
• Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason.
• Unexplained weight loss.
• A pain or lump in your tummy.