April is bowel cancer awareness month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and what to look out for.
Every 15 minutes somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can be subtle and do not necessarily make you feel ill. More than 90% of people with bowel cancer have 1 of the following combinations of symptoms:
- A persistent change in bowel habit
- Blood in the poo without other symptoms of piles
- Abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating always brought on by eating
Most people with these symptoms do not have bowel cancer.
See a GP if you have any of the above symptoms for 3 weeks or more.