April is bowel cancer awareness month (not in use)

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Britain. It is also known as colorectal cancer and affects the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum. When bowel cancer is diagnosed early, it’s very treatable.

Symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • A change in your bowel habits or looser stools
  • Blood in your poo or bleeding from your bottom
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling extreme tiredness for no apparent reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. However, if you notice any of these, or if things just don’t feel right, then you should visit your GP for a check up.

Remember that early bowel cancer often doesn't show symptoms so taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early. The NHS Bowel cancer screening programme is offered to all men and women aged between 60-74 in Redbridge. Test kits are routinely sent to the home address of those within that age group. If you do not receive a test kit please contact your GP.

For more information visit Bowel Cancer UK website.