Bowel Cancer FAQs

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What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK. There are 40,000 new cases every year. Nine in ten cases are in people over 60. 

You’re also at increased risk if you have a family history of the disease, smoke, drink, have a diet high in fat and low in fibre, are overweight and don’t exercise.

What are the symptoms?

Look out for:

  • Bleeding from your back passage and/or blood in your stools (your crap)
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for 3 weeks or more especially to looser or runny stools
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no reason
  • A pain or lump in your stomach area. 
Is there screening?

Yes. If you’re aged 60-74, there is a screening programme for bowel cancer. Ask your GP about it.

Men with bowel cancer:


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Last published 19/06/15
Date of last review 30/04/15
Date of next review 30/04/18