Bowel Cancer & Screening

Bowel Cancer

About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime with the risk increasing with age

If bowel cancer is detected at the earliest stage, there is over a 90% chance of survival and it is one of the most successful cancers to treat.

Symptoms include -

  • a change in your normal bowel habit lasting 3 weeks or more. E.G. Loose stools, diarrhoea, increased frequency

  • Bleeding from the bottom (rectum) and/or blood in your stools lasting 3 weeks or more

  • Unexplained extreme tiredness and/or weight loss

  • A pain or lump in your abdomen and/or back passage

Most symptoms won't be bowel cancer but sometimes it is easy to dismiss or leave them for longer than you should.

If you have any symptoms and are over 50, call us and ask for a bowel check at the surgery.

For further information go to www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

Bowel Screening

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease.

The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme will invite all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years. The programme has been rolled out across Scotland and is now available in all NHS Boards.

Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline: 0800 0121 833

Further information on NHS Inform's Bowel Screening Pages.