Signs & Symptoms Bowel Cancer
The best defence against bowel cancer is being aware of its symptoms. However, whilst the symptoms we are about to describe could be a sign or symptom that you may have bowel cancer; they are in no way conclusive.
In the majority of instances, the cause will turn out be something only transitory, or something else completely. For this reason we recommend that it is relatively safe to wait for up to three weeks for these symptoms to disappear. If however, they do not; that is when we recommend you should seek medical advice; from your GP.
These are the symptoms you should look out for:
Change in your bowel routine
Under normal circumstances, your bowel routine should be regular and uniform. If you find yourself having to go to the toilet more often, or if your pooh is looser, as in diarrhoea, it could be a warning sign.
You may also feel that after you’ve finished your toilet, you may feel that your back passage has not been completed emptied. If either of these symptoms carries on for more than three weeks, you should book an appointment with your GP.
Finding a lump in your abdomen
If you discover a new and unexplained lump in your abdomen, you should see your GP at the earliest opportunity. There are several things that it could be, but to rule out where or not it is a cancerous tumour, see you GP straight away. The earlier cancer is discovered, the better the prognosis.
Unexplained blood in stools or bleeding from your bottom
If after going to the toilet you find unexplained blood in your stools, or you notice that your bottom is bleeding when wiped, and you do not have haemorrhoids, this is cause to book an appointment to see your GP immediately.
You should also go and see your GP if you experience either constant or intermittent pain in your abdomen.
Unexplained loss of weight
Many of us strive to lose weight. But if you lose weight, and you are not on a diet, don’t be lulled into a feeling of satisfaction. Unexplained weight loss is one of the prime symptoms of cancer, including bowel cancer.
Feelings of breathlessness, dizziness or fatigue
If you constantly feel tired, or breathless, or dizzy, and you look more pale than usual, it could be a sign that you are anaemic. This could be linked to bowel cancer.
Be safe rather than sorry – see your GP or go to Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
No one can afford to take any chances with cancer. If you experience any of the above symptoms for 3 weeks or more, go and see your GP, or if you live and/or work in London, call in to the walk-in services we offer here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.