Could you recognise the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer?
This month sees the return of Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘Step up for 30 event’ to raise money and awareness.
It is vital however that we understand the disease all year round, as almost 43,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year.
What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?
According to the NHS, over 90 per cent of individuals with bowel cancer experience at least one of the following symptoms:
- Changes in bowel habits
- Blood in poo without the symptoms of piles
- Abdominal pain, or bloating after eating
If you notice one of these symptoms, it is vital that you contact your GP. The sooner that you get a diagnosis, the higher the likelihood of treatment being successful.
Unfortunately, bowel cancer cannot always be cured, and it may come back at a later point, therefore it is important to monitor symptoms and get regular check-ups.
What treatments are available?
There are a variety of treatments available, as the required course of action will vary depending on how advanced the cancer is, and which part of the bowel it has affected.
Depending on the case, there is usually a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiotherapy.
Aside from the physical treatments, being diagnosed with cancer takes a huge toll on your mental health.
Do not be afraid of reaching out for support from your friends and family, as well as professional support if you are struggling.
It can also help to discuss how you are feeling with people in similar situations, by joining support groups.
Find out more on Bowel Cancer UK.
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