Being aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer

Young, old, female or male – bowel cancer can affect us all.

This year’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, our screening team are reminding people that bowel cancer is more treatable the earlier it is diagnosed before it becomes widespread.

If you have any symptoms, don’t be embarrassed and don’t ignore them. Doctors are used to seeing lots of people with bowel problems.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

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

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer – but if in doubt, go to see your GP.

The trust has a new-look bowel screening web page with lots of information, visit https://www.nth.nhs.uk/services/bowel-cancer-screening/

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