Bowel cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK. Most people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over 60 years old. Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, in people with no symptoms when treatment is more likely to be effective.
As a Practice we strongly recommend you complete the screening kit you receive in the post. If you have any questions, or would like more information about screening for bowel cancer you can contact the Programme Hub in Freephone 0800 707 60 60. However if you have any specific concerns or are worried about bowel symptoms and would prefer to speak to someone at this Practice in confidence, please feel free to contact us.
Its also very important that you are aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer. The most common symptoms to look for are:
– a persistent change in bowel habit, especially going to the toilet more often or diarrhoea
-bleeding from the back passage without any obvious reason or blood in your bowel motions
– abdominal pain, especially if it is severe
– a lump in you abdomen
Most of these symptoms will not be cancer; however if you have experienced one of these symptoms for more than four weeks you should contact us as soon as possible.