Bowel cancer – do you have this painful warning sign? How to spot symptoms

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in the UK and more common signs of the disease include persistently finding blood in the stools, or a prolonged change in bowel habit.

A lesser-known symptom of bowel cancer is having a pain in the abdomen that you can’t explain, warned charity Bowel Cancer UK.

The pain may be worse after eating, or may be linked to significant weight loss.

In the worst-case scenario, the abdominal pain may be caused by a tear in the bowel – a direct result of cancer – according to medical website EMedicineHealth.

If the contents of the bowel subsequently leaks into the pelvis, it can cause inflammation, pain, or infection.

Bowel Cancer UK said: “People whose cancer is diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher chance of successful treatment than those whose cancer has become more widespread.

“If you have any symptoms, don’t be embarrassed and don’t ignore them. Doctors are used to seeing lots of people with bowel problems.”

These symptoms include a pain or a lump in the stomach area or back passage.

The charity added: “See your GP if these symptoms don’t go away or if they’re affecting how you sleep or eat.”

Having said this, most stomach pains aren’t serious and will go away by themselves within a few days.

But anyone suffering a pain they’re worried about should call 999 or go to A&E straight away – especially if the stomach ache is very severe, and comes on suddenly.

You should also go to hospital if it hurts to touch the stomach, your stool appears bloody or black, or if you can’t pass any stools.

In other bowel cancer news, Public Health England recently reported screening for the disease is to start from 50 years old.

Every two years, patients are sent home test kits, which is used to collect a stool sample.

Although the exact cause of bowel cancer isn’t entirely known, there are a number of factors that increase the risk of the disease.

Patients are more likely to develop bowel cancer if the disease runs in the family, or if they eat a diet that’s high in red or processed meat.

And around 95 per cent of all cases are diagnosed in people over 60 years old.

If it’s revealed that a patient has bowel cancer, surgery is the most likely treatment method. But, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or biological treatments could all be suggested by a doctor.

The cancer can be cured if it’s detected early enough. A complete cure isn’t always possible, however, and there’s always a risk the cancer could return at a later date.

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