As the fourth most common cancer in the UK, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer. If diagnosed early, it is a very treatable form of cancer - the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat and the higher the chance of successful treatment.

Bowel cancer is more common in people over 50 years of age, but it can affect anyone and some types are more common in younger adults. If you notice any changes to your health, or are experiencing symptoms of bowel cancer, don’t delay in seeing your doctor.

The most common symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • An unexplained and persistent change to your bowel habits
  • Blood in your stool, or bleeding from your bottom
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue – extreme, unexplained tiredness
  • Pain in your stomach or a noticeable lump in your stomach

If you have any new, persistent, or unusual symptoms, or you feel something is wrong, even if it is not covered on this list, do not delay in speaking to your GP.

What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

Mr Alastair Windsor, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Director for Cancer Surgery and Chairman of the GI Tumour Board at HCA Healthcare UK, tells you about the signs and symptoms to be aware of.

How can you help prevent prevent bowel cancer?

Dr Jonathan Hoare, Consultant Gastroenterologist at London Digestive Health explains the steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer.

Danielle’s story – no matter how old you are, or how fit, if something doesn’t feel right, get checked.

When Danielle, aged 28, started to experience bowel symptoms, she saw her doctor. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, she underwent surgery.

But when things still didn't feel right, Danielle sought the expertise of Professor Sina Dorudi, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at London Digestive Centre


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Our cancer care network is based in London and Manchester, where patients can expect the very best diagnostic tests, treatment, aftercare and support.


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