Statistics show that Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK claiming more than 16,000 lives a year. If you look at it, that is 44 people every day. It is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancer. It is important to note that a good lifestyle can reduce the chances of bowel cancer, which would include exercise, fruit and veg and eating less fat in your diet. You would find that people who have high contents of fat in their diets are more prone to having bowel cancer in comparison to those who do not have.
It is important to note that a good lifestyle can reduce the chances of bowel cancer
Bowel cancer can be a recognised by the following signs and symptoms:
- A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhoea or constipation
- A change in the consistency of your stool, that lasts longer than four weeks
- Experiencing rectal bleeding or blood in your stool.
Even though bowel cancer kills about 16,000 people a year, it is curable if detected early. Statistics show that 77% of people survive bowel cancer for at least one year. There is also a vast majority of treatment which include Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and surgery.
It can be a very depressing moment to be diagnosed with bowel cancer, one needs a very strong support group, such as family and friends. If you are already suffering from bowel cancer, stay positive, focused and hopeful.
There are of course many more signs and symptoms beyond this article. If you recognise you or a loved one is experiencing any of these please visit your local GP for medical advice.