Bowel cancer is a term for cancer which starts in the large bowel, depending on where it’s located it could be referred to as colon or rectal cancer.
Bowel cancer is actually one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, with most people diagnosed being over the age of 60.
There are three main symptoms of bowel cancer, these are:
However, a lot of the time people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer as other health issues can have similar symptoms. Therefore, you don’t need to be overly concerned about your symptoms but it’s a good idea to get them checked out to be sure.
If you have any two of the above symptoms and have had them for over two weeks, you should go and see your doctor to get checked out.
It isn’t known what causes bowel cancer exactly, however, there are certain criteria that can increase your risk of developing it, these are:
Some people also have an increased risk because they suffer from another condition such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Bowel cancer can be treated using a few different treatments, which depends on where the cancer is located and how far it has spread.
The main treatments of bowel cancer are:
The chance of a complete cure depends on how far in advance the cancer is diagnosed. As with all cancers, the sooner it is caught the better.
You can find out more information about bowel cancer here.
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