Bowel cancer is a common cancer affecting men and women. About 1 in 20 people will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime.

Screening is offered to people between the ages of 60 and 74 years in the form of a home testing kit. You provide samples of your poo which you then post to a laboratory.

If anything unusual is found, you may be invited to have further tests to find out what is going on.

See your GP straightaway if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Persistent change in bowel habits
  • Blood in your poo
  • Tummy pain, discomfort or bloating brought on by eating
  • Unexplained weight loss.

The symptoms described may be caused by other things rather than cancer, but you do need to check them out as soon as possible.

Don’t feel embarrassed about seeing your GP if you are worried about any symptoms. Just book the appointment now.