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Bowel (Lower GI)

Bowel cancer is the third most common types of cancer in the UK. It begins in the large bowel, and is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer.

Most people diagnosed with bowel cancer are aged 60 or over.

In line with the national screening programme all men and women aged 60-74 are invited for bowel cancer screening every two years. People aged 75 and over can request a screening kit by calling 0800 7076060.


  • Persistent blood in your poo
  • Persistent change in your bowel habit
  • Feeling the need to strain after you have been for a poo
  • Persistent tummy pain
  • Fatigue or weight loss

You should see your GP if you have any of these symptoms. Most people with these symptoms do not have cancer – it could be due to piles, something you have eaten, or constipation.


The type of treatment you receive will depend on the location and stage of your cancer. The main treatments include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemoradiotherpy
  • Targeted cancer drugs

Your treatment plan may have a combination of these.

Support and more information available

Colorectal Support Group

Phone: 024 7615 3126 or 07717 727572



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