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What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is a cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon cancer or rectal cancer.

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What are the causes of bowel cancer?

Cancer occurs when the cells in a certain area of your body divide and multiply too rapidly. This produces a lump of tissue known as a tumour.

also family history, diet, age, smoking, alcohol, obesity, inactivtiy, digestive disorders and genetic conditions are risk factors.

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Symptoms of bowel cancer

  • blood in your stools (faeces) or bleeding from your rectum
  • a change to your normal bowel habits that persists for more than three weeks, such asdiarrhoeaconstipation or passing stools more frequently than usual
  • abdominal pain 
  • unexplained weight loss

symptoms of anaemia include:

  • fatigue
  • breathlessnesss

In some cases, bowel cancer can cause an obstruction in the bowel. Symptoms of a bowel obstruction include:

  • a feeling of bloating, usually around the belly button
  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • vomiting
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Treatments for bowel cancer

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