Each year, about 36,500 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer – equal to 100 people every day. It is the second most common cancer in women and the third most common amongst men. This month is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Spire Cheshire hospital is raising awareness of this disease, which can often present no or minimal symptoms.
Bowel, or colorectal cancer can take between five and ten years to develop and can be found anywhere in the bowel or rectum. Many bowel cancers begin as polyps or small growths, which are often non-cancerous and can generally be removed easily. However, depending on how long they are left they can become cancerous. Often, bowel cancer can spread to other parts of the body, including the liver. Eight out of ten cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed in people over 60.
Mr Barry Taylor, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Spire Cheshire hospital comments:
“The biggest problem with bowel cancer is that the symptoms can easily be mistaken for other conditions such as haemorrhoids or IBS. Unfortunately, because of this tumours are often diagnosed later in their development, meaning that surgery and chemotherapy are often the only available treatment options. Early identification is key, so if there is anything out of the ordinary, such as diarrhoea or blood mixed with your motions, it is much better to be safe than sorry and visit your GP for a diagnosis.”
One patient at Spire Cheshire Hospital who followed this advice and discovered they had bowel cancer was Mr Rochford. Click here to read his story.
Top tips for spotting the symptoms of bowel cancer:
- A change in your normal bowel habit lasting four weeks or more
- Bleeding from the bottom and/or blood in your stools
- Extreme tiredness without obvious cause
- A pain and/or lump in your abdomen
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