Bowel cancer is a treatable disease if it is diagnosed early and screening is one of the best ways of catching it early. According to Cancer Research UK, screening produces the highest number of early stage diagnoses for bowel cancer.
Obesity significantly increases your risk of many types of disease, one of the most serious of which is bowel cancer. A recent public health campaign aimed to educate people about the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight in preventing cancer.
One in six deaths worldwide are due to cancer. In the UK, 359,734 cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2015. Cancer rates are continuing to rise and as more countries adopt Western lifestyles this is expected to skyrocket by as much as 54%. Global cancer rates are predicted to reach around 24 million by 2035.
When bowel cancer is diagnosed, it is given a number according to what stage it has reached. Doctors may also use a staging system known as TNM to provide more detail about the size and spread of the cancer.
A colostomy is a surgical procedure that diverts a part of your large intestine out through an opening in your abdominal wall. This creates a stoma to which a colostomy bag is attached for collecting poo. Colostomies can be temporary or long-term.
If you notice blood when you open your bowels, don’t ignore it, but equally, try not to panic as it can have many causes, many of them harmless.
If you have been referred for a colonoscopy, or, if you are experiencing bowel related symptoms that need investigation, it can be reassuring to know exactly what to expect before you attend for your appointment.
As bowel cancer specialists, it is great to be able to report that bowel cancer survival rates in the UK have more than doubled in the last 40 years – up from 45% to 75% in adults overall. Survival rates have gone up 7% since 2012.
Detecting bowel cancer early can hugely increase your chance of survival. Nine out of ten cancers can be successfully treated if they are caught in the early stages before they have spread. Rapid detection of bowel cancer really does save lives.