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15 minutes
someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer



Second biggest
cancer killer


More then 90% of cases can be treated successfully if caught early


of us are affected by bowel cancer, either directly or through a family member or friend

What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer or colon cancer , is any cancer that affects the colon (large bowel) and rectum (back passage). It usually grows very slowly over a period of up to 10 years, before it starts to spread and affect other parts of the body. See how your digestive system works.

If left undetected the cancer cells will multiply to form a tumour in the bowel, causing pain, bleeding and other symptoms. If untreated, the tumour can grow into the wall of the bowel or back passage. Once cancer cells are in the wall, they can travel into the bloodstream or lymph nodes; from here the cancer cells can travel to other parts of the body.

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If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms for three weeks or more, visit your GP

A change in your bowel habit

Bleeding from the bottom or blood in your poo

Pain or a lump in your abdomen

Unexplained tiredness, dizziness, breathlessness or weight loss

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Beating Bowel Cancer works to support all those affected by bowel cancer, as well as improving awareness of the condition and promoting early diagnosis.

If you’re worried about any aspect of the disease – whether you have symptoms and you don't know what to do, if you have been diagnosed, or have questions about treatment options - then please call our confidential helpline.

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