Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with the disease, which equates to nearly 43,000 people each year. Regular screening helps with primary prevention and is curable if caught early so if are experiencing any symptoms of bowel cancer, don’t delay in seeing your doctor.

What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel which is made up of the colon and rectum. Whilst it can affect anyone of any age, it is more common in people over the age of 50.

Bowel Cancer Statistics
Source: Public Health England

Signs and symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • Rectal bleeding (bleeding from your bottom) and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss or extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Pain or a lump in your tummy

Dr Adam Haycock, Consultant Gastroenterologist discusses the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, any advice for patients with symptoms, and why early diagnosis is important

Bowel cancer screening

Regular screening tests can help to identify the early signs of cancer, prevent bowel cancer and save lives.

A variety of screening options are currently available to help prevent or identify bowel cancer in its earliest stages.

colonoscopy is considered the gold standard in bowel cancer screening, with research showing one bowel cancer incidence prevented for every 28 colonoscopies performed. If a doctor recommends a colonoscopy and the results are clear, that can provide 5+ years’ peace of mind.

What makes coming to OneWelbeck a stand-out experience?

Multi-specialty digestive health group with specialised consultants

We have a world-class team of 46 specialist consultants, comprising of gastroenterologists, specialists in colorectal cancer, colorectal surgeons, and endoscopists. 

A private patient experience

Easily-accessed in central London, the centre is a calm and relaxing space with no congested waiting areas, and has been purpose-built with patients’ needs in mind.

Booking an appointment is simple

If you're worried about any bowel cancer symptoms, it is advised to talk to your GP or healthcare professional. OneWelbeck offer easy access to appointments with our specialist consultants. Book online, over the phone or email us. Private health insurance and self pay options are available.

If you require screening 

If screening is required, each patient is assigned a private room with an en-suite bathroom, to provide the highest degree of privacy and dignity.

A thorough colonoscopy offers:

  • Prevention: Your doctor can give you an “all-clear” on the day if no polyps or adenomas are found during the colonoscopy.
  • Treatment: Your doctor can usually remove small polyps during the colonoscopy so they will not develop into cancer.
  • Diagnosis: If your doctor finds any suspicious growths, they will take a biopsy sample and send this immediately to the lab for further testing.

Onward referrals to other specialists if required

If required, we also have specialists in the building who can help with related conditions or complaints.

World-Class Digestive Specialists

Learn more about OneWelbeck Digestive Health, a centre of excellence in the treatment and management of all gastrointestinal problems and diseases.

Useful Resources

We’re here to help you understand the signs and symptoms. Learn more about bowel cancer with these helpful healthcare resources.

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