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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 I am 31 male I have had diarrhoea and loose stools for bout 7 was and I have a really sore back. I am afraid to go to the doctors for my dad had bowel cancer and it started the same way do u have any suggestions thanks





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When i go for a poo its like golf balls i dont go every day sometime it not oncea week and there this brown sticky stuff i have lost weight and my belly swell up been to the doctor they just give me tables to make me go but nothing works some times i do think something not right





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I saw my doctor yesterday she gave me an internal exam and checked my stomach she couldn't feel anything very stressed as usual I am constipated and no blood in stools but still worried help advice do have slight low paintball





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I am 37 5 years ago I had testicle cancer I had right testicle removed I have since this been in pain in my leg and back I just been to the gp as I have night bio markers he has sent me for a scan is this colon cancer my poo is skinny very dark and only poo like every 6_7 days and then I have to manually extract it





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My problem is when I poo I can then wipe my bum just needs wiping and wiping causing it to be saw! Meaning there's still poo on the tissue after 100 wipes It's been like this for 4 years my trick is to have a poo then a shower (no wiping) some times I get sharp pains really bad for a few seconds then it goes, just in general not on the toilet, seems round my bottom hole 0 is disappearing like a massive ring around it that goes in, so embarrassing there's no way I can see my local doctor





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I'm 13 and after passing stool (happened once) I've got pains in my lower side and back What does this mean?





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Hi I'm a 20 yr old female. Ive been having maroon colored blood and mucus in my stool everyday for 2 weeks now. I have an appt on Thursday but I was wondering if you had any ideas what it could be? I've been really nauseous, so tired I cant even stay awake to watch my daughter and my period was over a week late but I just came an hr ago. Ive been having dizzy spells and feel like I'm being shocked everytime I move :( Im just really concerned. Im hoping its not something contagious because I dont want my daughter to get it. Shes only 9 months old.





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I have been feeling like I'm not hungry and a bloasting feeling for weeks, I have had red blood in the toilet bowel but not on the tissue until recently where the tissue was a browny/red, can eating certain foods change the colour, my doctor has taken blood tests so far nothing has shown up, I'm still worried, I did have breast cancer 8 years ago can it be connected.I am 54 years old and retively healthy





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I have been experiencing heavy blood flow from my rectum and it had been very bad and I went to a doctor and they are going to send me to a specialist. Could someone myage (16) have colon cancer?





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Hi I have had blood come out of my anus today and am scared





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