Bowel cancer is also known as colon, rectal or colorectal cancer. Bowel cancer is a malignant tumour at the end of the gastrointestinal tract
The symptoms are:
- Recent, persistent changes in bowel habits:
- Inconsistency, such as diarrhoea and constipation
- Infrequency such as going a lot more or a lot less
- Incompleteness of bowel action
- Bleeding / mucus
- Rectal bleeding
- Unexplained anaemia and / or severe gut pain
Need to screen for bowel cancer
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective
Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 15 per cent
If you are invited for screening, you will receive a bowel screening kit through the post.
You will be able to carry out the test at home and in private.
For further information, visit the bowel screening website