Wednesday 22 March 2017

Bowel Cancer Signs And Symptoms

Bowel Cancer

The condition is the third most common cancer in the UK and although the exact cause of the disease is unknown, there are factors which can make developing the cancer more likely.

Bowel cancer is a disease which is easily treatable if it is caught early.

Screening tests are offered to people in England over the age of sixty - but knowing the symptoms could help save lives.

NHS Choices said that while bowel cancer can be symptomless and doesn’t necessarily make people feel ill, experts suggest more than 90 per cent of people with bowel cancer will experience symptoms.

There are five key symptoms which could be an indicator of bowel cancer.

The high risk symptoms include:

A change in bowel habit

There are a few ways in which your bowel habit can change.

While most people experience changes in their bowel habits, if the number of times people pass a stool changes or whether the consistency of stools has change it could be an indicator of the disease. This could include persistent constipation or diarrhoea.

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Bleeding from the bottom of blood in your poo

If a person is experiencing persistent blood in the stools, which occurs for no obvious reason, or is associated with a change in bowel habit, it could be a sign of bowel cancer.

However, people can sometimes mistake blood in the stool for piles - also known as haemorrhoids.

A lump in your tummy

If you feel a lump in your tummy, which doesn’t go away, it could be a symptom of bowel cancer.

Abdominal pain

If a person experiences persistent lower abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort, it could be a sign of the disease.

Weight loss and tiredness

People with bowel cancer sometime have iron deficiency anaemia, which can cause fatigue.

If you have lost weight without dieting - whether this is caused by a lack of appetite or feeling sick, it could be a sign of the disease .

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Beating Bowel Cancer, a charity which supports and campaigns for people affected by bowel cancer said being aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer is the most important part of protecting yourself from the disease.

It said if people spot the symptoms it is usually ‘quite safe to watch and wait for up to three weeks’.

However, experts from the charity warn that if the symptoms have no settled down, people should visit their GP.

Former England stars David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, John Terry, Michael Owen and David James have joined forces with the current national squad to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the England Footballers Foundation and support the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and their ‘Moore To Know’ campaign.

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All eight of the ex-players have recorded interviews to raise awareness for the disease.

Joe Hart, England goalkeeper said: “More than 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day in the UK.

"More than half of bowel cancer cases could be prevented and we want to pass that message on. There are a lot of things you can do to reduce the risk of bowel cancer."

Bobby Moore died of bowel and liver cancer aged 51 in 1993. The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK was set up by his widow and has gone one to raise over £23.5 million.



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