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Bowel Cancer

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Bowel cancer is often referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, and refers to a cancer that forms in the large bowel. It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and over 80% of cases are reported in the over 60s. The symptoms of bowel cancer are blood appearing in a person’s stools, alongside changes to a person’s normal bowel habits, pain in the stomach and weight loss. Though the causes are many, diet plays a strong part, with a diet rich in red and processed meat increasing that chance of developing bowel cancer by around 35%. Being overweight can also exacerbate the problem, as can smoking. If you are diagnosed with bowel cancer, the treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and biological therapy. The chance of successful treatment is linked to how advanced the cancer is, and how far it has spread. This makes early diagnosis important, so if you are over 60, or display any symptoms of bowel cancer, go to the NHS Bowel cancer Screening Programmme.

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Hi im 24 I've been having blood in my stools a few times now but its a lot my stools have changed the past 2 months of going to the loo all the time and having bad stomach pains been docters twice now and said its ibs but i feel its more then that how can i get them to take me more serious ? Fed up :(





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I'm 13 and I've been having very extreme tummy aches since I was 10 they have gotten worse and give me a lot of pain. Sometimes it stops me eating and certain things can trigger it such as larger meals and also drinking drinks such as milk. I feel embarrassed as when I get those tummy aches have to sit down and stop doing anything. The amount of pain is very unusual and I don't know what to do. Any advice and help.





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I'm 13 and I've been having very extreme tummy aches since I was 10 they have gotten worse and give me a lot of pain. Sometimes it stops me eating and certain things can trigger it such as larger meals and also drinking drinks such as milk. I feel embarrassed as when I get those tummy aches have to sit down and stop doing anything. The amount of pain is very unusual and I don't know what to do. Any advice and help.





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Im bleeding from my anus when I poo and I have a bad pains in my stomach!





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My sister had no symptoms at all, led a healthy, vegetarian life. She would never have known she had bowel cancer if it hadn't been for the Screening Test. Unfortunately hers had spread and she died after 3 years. Please if you get a test kit, send it off!





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I'm 19 years old a smoker since the age of 11, my dad has bowel cancer, and for the past 3 weeks I have been bleeding when I poo, my lower back and belly has been in a lot of pain for a few weeks before the bleeding started. I do tend to worry a lot about my health, and I do not want to trouble the doctor if I do not need to, am I worrying over nothing and will it just go over time? Thanks S. Xx





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Hi, My age is 23 yrs last three days ago bleading from the poo my back passage plz tell what is the reason?after poo bleading from toilet...





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Im a 16 year old girl, and i have been worrying about a few things. I think i seen blood in my poo but i wasnt too sure? Im kind of scared to go to the GP? Whats the best thing to do?





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i am a 30 year old woman and i have fresh rectal bleading when i go to the bathroom but i also blead when i dont poo and have blood clots mucus the runs lower left abdo pain swelling abdo tummy id rock hard and i have some pain under my ribs i am animia as well my doc as said following a blood test she thinks its colon cancer .. can colon cancer be picked up by a blood test ?





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my story,ive had rectal bleeding from the anus,on and off for 17 years,also know i have piles,as ive seen them on many occassions,,especially if i get diarroah which often makes them prolapse,and they then need pushing in with my finger,ive never been officially told my bleeding is from these piles,but i would assume it is,after such a long time with this problem,also the doc saying significant bleeding from the anus,rarely is a sign of cancer,has helped ease any doubt i might have,im 47 btw,,one other thing,the bleeding has always bee seperate from the stool





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