Have you experienced any bowel cancer symptoms?

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Bowel Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Around 43,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year. If it is detected early, treatment is more successful and there is a good chance of recovery.

Contact us if you have noticed a change to your ‘normal’ bowel habits which has lasted for three weeks or more.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom
  • Blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

We may ask you to do a FIT test

If you have these symptoms we may ask you to carry out a FIT test (sometimes called an ‘at-home test’ or poo test).

This test looks for blood in a sample of your poo. It looks for tiny traces of blood that you might not be able to see and which could be a sign of cancer. Traces of blood in your poo can be caused by other medical conditions, so doesn’t always mean you have cancer.

Do the test as soon as possible after you receive it. Your doctor needs your results to decide whether to send you for more tests.

Useful websites

Bowel Cancer | Bowel Cancer UK

Cancer Matters Wessex

Bowel cancer – NHS (www.nhs.uk)