Worried about Bowel Cancer
If you have a family history of bowel cancer or just some unexplained symptoms you might be feeling anxious about your bowel cancer risk. We have talked about reducing lifestyle risks by a healthy diet and exercise but there is little you can do about a strong family history so in this instance we would generally recommend you attend a screening appointment
NHS bowel cancer screening is offered routinely to everyone over 55 years old and you will be sent a letter inviting you to attend a screening appointment should you wish.
Benefits of Bowel cancer Screening
Bowel cancer has a high rate of treatment success when diagnoses early so catching and stopping it in its tracks is essential. If bowel cancer is spotted in the very early stage there is an over 90% rate of it being successfully treated. Screening can also identify the non-cancerous growths (called polyps). These have a risk of developing into bowel cancer if untreated. If Polyps are detected during screening they can then be removed which lowers the risk of developing bowel cancer
If you have concerns about bowel cancer and wish you can have private screening
It is important to be aware that whilst bowel cancer screening is great at minimising risk bowel cancer can still develop anytime. If you have had a previous screening but are not experiencing symptoms speak to your Gastroenterologist so they can investigate
Signs of bowel cancer
Bowel cancer is sometimes symptomless which is why screening appointments are so important. However if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms we recommend a visit to GI Doctors
- Blood in faeces
- Bleeding from rectum
- Stomach pain after eating
- Watery diarrhea which doesn’t seem to be improving.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Feeling run down and tired
- A pale or pallid appearance
If you have any of these symptoms there is no need to panic but we would advise booking an appointment with one of our expert gastroenterologists so they can diagnose and treat your symptoms.