Do you know the signs of bowel cancer? If you have had blood in your poo or looser poo for three weeks go and see your GP.
Chances are it is nothing, but it could be a sign of bowel cancer.
In England, bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer with around 43 people dying every day from the condition. However, the sooner a patient is diagnosed, the better their chances of successful treatment. Over 90% of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer are successfully treated.
Common symptoms also include
• a pain or lump in your tummy;
• feeling more tired than usual for some time;
• losing weight for no obvious reason.
Having the symptoms doesn’t always mean it's bowel cancer. They can often be down to other conditions, such as haemorrhoids (piles), which may still need treatment. 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, ask them to see their doctor.
Macmillan GP Dr Paul Barker said “Spotting the possible signs of cancer is very important, as the earlier you receive diagnosis the more likely it is that you can be successfully treated. If you are concerned, go and see your local GP – if it turns out to be nothing serious you aren’t wasting your time. But if it is cancer we can get you on the road to treatment more quickly.
A trip to your doctor’s surgery could save your life”.
Further information is available via the NHS Dorset CCG website www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk.