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This blog will give you regular, high-quality information about cancer. You'll also get to meet the info team and get updates on our projects. We hope you find it useful. And if there are any topics you'd like us to blog about, just let us know.
is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. In this blog, Vicky from the Cancer
Information Development Team talks about her experience of bowel cancer and the
importance of spotting it early.
cancer, also called colorectoal cancer, is the third most
common cancer in the UK. More than 40,000 men
and women are diagnosed with the disease every year.
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer when I was 25, but this
is very unusual - most bowel cancers (83%) are diagnosed in people over 60.
There are other risk
factors associated with bowel cancer, but the cause of it is still
unknown. If someone in your family has had bowel cancer and you’re worried
about your risk, you may find our leaflet Are
you worried about bowel cancer? helpful.
When diagnosed early, bowel cancer is
very treatable and can be cured. When it’s diagnosed at a later stage,
it can’t always be cured but can often be controlled for some time.
It’s important to be aware of the
signs so you can report anything unusual to your GP.
of bowel cancer
My bowel cancer caused a blockage in my bowel. This can cause different
symptoms to those above, such as:
If you experience any unusual symptoms,
make an appointment with your GP, who can assess you and refer you for further
tests if necessary. We have a booklet
tests for bowel cancer.
A lot of people feel embarrassed
talking to their doctor about private things like going to the loo, and they
may worry about being examined. Remember, doctors are used to talking to
patients about these things every day, and there’s no need to feel awkward. If
your doctor does want to examine your back passage, try to relax. It’ll be over
quickly and while it may be a bit uncomfortable, it isn’t painful.
cancer screening for older people
A national screening programme to
detect bowel cancer has been introduced in the UK. All men and women aged 60-74 in England and Wales, 50-74 in Scotland, and 60-71 in Northern Ireland, are
offered a faecal
occult blood (FOB) test every two years.
about bowel screening has more information about the test.
Just by reading this blog and passing the information on
to your family and friends helps to spread awareness of bowel cancer. Other
ways you could help include:
Thank you for reading this blog. Remember, if you need any more information about bowel cancer or living with cancer, our cancer support specialists are here to help. Or you can visit our bowel
cancer web pages.
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