Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in the UK. You should consider speaking to a doctor if you start using the bathroom more often than you’re used to.
Bowel cancer is a general term for any cancer that develops in the large bowel, and it may sometimes be known as colon or rectal cancer.
The early warning signs of bowel cancer can be very subtle, and many people may not be aware they’re at risk.
That’s why it’s crucial that you always check your stools after using the toilet.
One of the most common symptoms of bowel cancer is passing more stools than normal.
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“Bowel cancer is very treatable but the earlier it’s diagnosed, the easier it is to treat,” said the charity.
“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.
“Tell your GP if you have noticed any persistent and unexplained changes in your bowel habit, especially if you also have bleeding from your back passage.
“You may have looser poo and you may need to poo more often than normal. Or you may feel as though you’re not going to the toilet often enough or you might not feel as though you’re not fully emptying your bowels.”