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Bowel cancer is the cancer that usually starts in the large bowel. It is also known as rectal or colon cancer, depending on where it started. There are instances in which the cancer begins in the small bowel. However, these cases are much rarer compared to large bowel cancer. It is one of the most common cancers diagnosed across the globe. It has been observed that 1 in every 20 people suffer from this type of cancer. It is important to note that there are three main symptoms of bowel cancer. These are changes in bowel habit, abdominal pain, and blood in the stools.

However, the symptoms of bowel cancer are also common, and most people suffering from them don’t have cancer. A change in the bowel habit can be caused by something you have eaten, and blood in the stools is commonly caused by hemorrhoids.

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According to statistics, 9 out of every 10 people suffering from bowel cancer are over the age of 60. As people get older, the symptoms of bowel cancer become more important. More often than not, they persist even after simple treatments.

Below are the Common Symptoms of Bowel Cancer

  • Persistent chance in the bowel habit that causes abdominal pain. However, no blood is found in the stools.
  • Abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort that worsens after eating. This results to weight loss because of the reduction in the amount of food intake.
  • Blood in the stools without any other symptoms of hemorrhoids that include discomfort, itching, lump handing down outside the back passage, pain, and soreness.
  • Persistent change in the bowel habit that makes the person goes to the toilet often. Stools tend to be looser and have blood.
  • Bowel cancer can also lead to bowel obstruction, which is the condition when digestive waste is blocked in the bowel. Some of its symptoms include not being able to pass stools, vomiting, swelling or bloating of the tummy, and severe abdominal pain. This condition is considered a medical emergency, and you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

If you experience any of the symptoms above, it is recommended that you seek medical advice right away. Or you can have yourself checked by Go Health Screening. We will send a healthcare specialist to your location to take samples needed for the test, and then send them to the labs. We will send you an email as soon as the test results are released.

If test show you have bowel cancer, then you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. The doctor might require more tests to eliminate other causes of the symptoms. There are cases in which the symptoms of bowel cancer come back after stopping treatment. When that happens, it is recommended that you seek the advice of your doctor right away.

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