Bowel cancer awareness

These are the key symptoms of bowel cancer, which is the fourth most common cancer in the UK.

Diagnosing bowel cancer early means treating it is more likely to be successful. 

If you have any of the symptoms below, make an appointment with your GP.

Symptoms of bowel cancer

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For fast help if you have a sign of cancer

If you're worried you might have cancer and you have our health insurance, don't wait. Get in touch with our team to talk about your symptoms now.

Call us on 0808 256 1261

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How Beating Bowel Cancer can help you

An image showing the Beating Bowel Cancer logoBeating Bowel Cancer is the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer. The charity provides practical and emotional help – on the phone, online and face to face. The charity runs the UK’s only nurse-led specialist helpline for bowel cancer.

Here are some helpful places, tools and articles you can go to for further support and information.

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  • Produced by Natalie Heaton, Bupa Health Content Team, September 2015.

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