Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – April

April is bowel cancer awareness month. Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK. As of 2024 statistics report that 42,000 people a year are diagnosed with bowel cancer, 300,000 people in the UK have Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and 1 million people in the UK have a serious bowel condition.

In order to give a person with bowel cancer the most optimal outcome it is essential for an early diagnosis to be made, the earlier the diagnosis is made the more treatable the cancer will be in most cancers, it is reported that more than 9 in 10 people survive bowel cancer if it is diagnosed at an early stage.

Charities in the UK will be raising money for bowel cancer to raise awareness and help people to seek help from a medical professional if or should they develop symptoms of bowel cancer. The campaign seeks to educate people on what signs and symptoms to look out for.

Bowel cancer develops from polyps inside the bowel, 1 in 10 of those polyps will become cancerous.

Signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and when you might want to seek medical advice:

1. Change in bowel habit, including constipation, and diarrhoea

2. Change in the appearance of your stools

3. Blood in your stools

4. Abdominal/tummy pain

5. Abdominal/tummy bloating

6. Abdominal/tummy cramping

7. Anal or rectal pain

8. Lump in your abdomen

9. Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss

10. Nausea or vomiting

11. Yellow skin or eyes

12. Feeling weak or tired

Don’t be afraid to seek advice from a medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, some of the above can be everyday ailments but it is always better to get them checked by a medical professional if only to be reassured. If your GP is concerned about your symptoms, they are likely to perform a rectal examination and you may need to provide a stool sample. If the GP considers bowel cancer needs to be ruled out, you will be referred to a specialist and you should be seen within two weeks under the cancer referral scheme.

Some of the great charities undertaking work to improve cancer outcomes, survival rates, and raising awareness are:

www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk
www.gutscharity.org.uk
www.cancerresearchuk.org
www.macmillan.org.uk
www.bowelresearchuk.org

Even if you just become more alert to symptoms of bowel cancer or encourage friends and family to seek medical advice if they are suffering one or more of the symptoms identified above you will be doing your part in helping to raise awareness for bowel cancer.

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