How do I spot it?

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include blood in your poo or looser poo. You should see your doctor straight away if you’ve had either of these symptoms for 3 weeks or more. Other bowel cancer symptoms include:

  • A pain or lump in your tummy
  • Feeling more tired than usual for some time
  • Losing weight for no obvious reason

Not all symptoms mean it’s bowel cancer. They can be due to other conditions, such as haemorrhoids (piles), which may still need treatment. But don’t try to diagnose yourself. Go and see your doctor now to find out for sure. If you know anyone with any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.

You can find your doctor’s contact details by using the search box on the right.

How important is it to see my doctor?

You’re not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out and, if it’s not serious, your mind will be put at rest. However, if it turns out to be a condition such as bowel cancer, early detection can make all the difference. Over 90% of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer are successfully treated. A trip to your doctor’s surgery could save your life.

Want to know more about bowel cancer?

Are you from the South Asian community?

Take a look at the Detect Cancer Early website.

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