Colorectal/Bowel Cancer

15 March 2017

Colorectal, bowel and colon cancer refer to any cancer that affect the colon and rectum. It usually grows very slowly before it starts to spread to other parts of the body.

Most bowel cancers start as benign polyps on the wall of the bowel, these are common and most are not pre-cancerous. An ademona polyp, however, can become malignant.

Bowel cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. You can reduce your personal risk by:

Understanding the syptoms

Stoping smoking

Keeping your weight in check

Cutting down on alcohol

Excercising regularly

Eating healthily

What symptoms should you look out for?

A change in your bowel habit

A lump in your abdomen

Anal bleeding or blood in your poo

Unexplained tiredness, dizziness or breathlessness

Pain in your abdomen

Unexplained weightloss

These symptoms could be caused by many other issues to, but should always be checked out by a doctor.

Different tests can help diagnose bowel cancer, these include a sigmoidoscopy, a colonoscopy and a virtual colonoscopy.

Once diagnosed, depending on the stage and location there are different treaments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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