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April 05, 2018

Concerned about bowel cancer? Book an appointment with HCA Healthcare UK today

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer with around 41,700 new bowel cancer cases in the UK every year. Which is more than 110 every day, according to Cancer Research UK.  

Bowel cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, in the UK. However, if found and treated in the early stages, it is one of the most curable forms of cancer. 

Most bowel cancers arise from polyps. Most commonly, screening for bowel cancer involves a colonoscopy to identify and remove polyps at the time of the procedure before they progress to cancer. A colonoscopy can also detect early cancers. Alternative bowel cancer screening methods include a flexible sigmoidoscopy, CT colonography/virtual colonoscopy and faecal occult blood test (FOBT). 

What is bowel cancer?

Watch our video to find out more about the symptoms of bowel cancer and how it is diagnosed.

What are the symptoms and signs of bowel cancer?

Often the symptoms of bowel cancer can be subtle and do not necessarily make you feel ill but if you experience the following changes to your health then you should make an appointment to see your doctor: 

• bleeding from your rectum and/or blood in your stool
• a change in bowel habit lasting three weeks or more
• unexplained weight loss
• pain or abdominal cramps.

These symptoms can be caused by many medical conditions; however, it is important to rule out bowel cancer quickly. Treatment outcomes can be significantly improved if bowel cancer is found and diagnosed early. Bowel cancer screening can detect any changes in the bowel at an early stage, often before symptoms appear, and when successful treatment outcomes are most likely. 

We have a network of private bowel specialists across the UK that can see and treat you at a time that’s convenient to you. During your consultation, your bowel specialist will discuss any symptoms you have and if they feel it is necessary, they may suggest that you undergo some tests.

Understanding your results

In most cases, having these tests will not lead to a bowel cancer diagnosis, but it is important to rule out cancer quickly. If any of your results come back abnormal, we guarantee a rapid referral to one of  our leading consultants who will suggest further tests.
If you are diagnosed with bowel cancer, we have access to one of the most comprehensive private cancer networks in the UK. Our cancer specialists are here to provide expert care and support through diagnosis, treatment and beyond. 

How to pay for your care

If you require treatment at our facilities you can access our services through your private medical insurance or by choosing to self-fund your care.

Request an appointment

If you are concerned about any signs or symptoms of bowel cancer and would like to book an appointment with one of our private bowel specialists, call us on:

020 3553 0625
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