Bowel cancer awareness

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK. Like most other types of cancer, diagnosing bowel cancer early means that treatment is more likely to be successful. So if you have any of the symptoms below – especially if they’re persistent and not normal for you – contact your GP.

Symptoms of bowel cancer

An image showing the symptoms of bowel cancer
An image showing the symptoms of bowel cancer
An image showing the symptoms of bowel cancer
An image showing the symptoms of bowel cancer

How Bowel Cancer UK can help you

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Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading Bowel Cancer charity. The charity is determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer. It has a range of information and support services, including:

For more information, visit

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    This information has been updated in line with our bowel cancer page, which was reviewed by Mr Stephen Pollard, Consultant Surgeon, May 2018.