Bowel Cancer is the UKs second largest Cancer killer AND the fourth most common Cancer.

Each year around 16,000 people die of Bowel Cancer; and in the UK alone, around 41,000 people are diagnosed with the disease.

If diagnosed early, more then 90% of Bowel Cancer cases can be treated successfully.

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo.
  • A persistent and unexplained change in your bowel habit.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason.
  • A pain or lump in your tummy.

If you have one or more of these symptoms of Bowel Cancer, and they persist for more than four weeks, you should see your GP.

What is Bowel Cancer Screening?

In the UK anyone over the age of 50 is invited to take part in Bowel Cancer Screening. You will be invited to take part in screening every two years until you reach the age of 75.

The screening programme uses a home test kit, which looks for hidden blood in poo. If you are registered with a GP and within the eligible screening age range a test will automatically be posted to you, so you can complete it in the privacy of your own home.

Poem written by Wendy Wilson, 2017
Poem written by Wendy Wilson, 2017