BRITS are alarmingly clueless when it comes to the symptoms of bowel cancer, a charity is warning. One in three cannot name a single sign of the disea
BRITS are alarmingly clueless when it comes to the symptoms of bowel cancer, a charity is warning.
One in three cannot name a single sign of the disease – the second deadliest form of cancer.
Getty – Contributor A third of Brits cannot name a single symptom of bowel cancer
A quarter can name only one of the common symptoms, such as bleeding from the bottom.
But few of the 4,000 people questioned for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer knew that unexpected tiredness, stomach pain and extreme weight loss could be signs.
Bowel cancer is the second most deadly form of the disease, killing nearly 16,000 Brits a year.
The charity’s chief executive Deborah Alsina said: “Knowing the symptoms of bowel cancer could save your life, but this survey shows awareness is alarmingly low.
BOWEL CANCER: THE SYMPTOMS
IF it’s caught early, bowel cancer is very treatable, and has a good survival rate.
Those diagnosed at stage one – the earliest stage – have a 97 per cent chance of surviving for five years or more.
That plummets to just seven per cent if you’re diagnosed at stage four, when the cancer has spread.
A key to early diagnosis is knowing the signs to watch out for.
The red-flag signs that mean you could have bowel cancer are:
bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo a persistant and unexplained change in your bowel habits unexplained weight loss extreme tiredness for no obvious reason a pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms won’t have bowel cancer, BUT if you have one or more of these signs it’s vital to see your GP to get checked over.
In some cases, a tumour in the bowel can cause an obstruction, blocking digestive waste from passing through the bowel.
Symptoms of a bowel obstruction can include:
intermittent, and occasionally severe, abdominal pain – this is always provoked by eating unintentional weight loss – with persistent abdominal pain constant swelling of the tummy – with abdominal pain vomiting – with constant abdominal swelling
A bowel obstruction is a medical emergency. If you suspect your bowel is obstructed, you should see your GP quickly.
If this isn’t possible, go to A&E.
Bowel Cancer UK These are the red-flag warning signs that mean you could have bowel cancer
“Every day I hear from families about the devastating effects of a bowel cancer diagnosis.
“Our vision is that by 2050 no one will die from bowel cancer, and raising awareness of the symptoms is a key step to achieving this.
“If you experience any of the symptoms of bowel cancer or just don’t feel quite right, no matter your age, please visit your GP.