Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large
bowel. Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called
colon or rectal cancer.
Cancer can sometimes start in the
small bowel (small intestine), but small bowel cancer is much rarer than large
bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed
in the UK, with around 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. About 1
in every 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.
If you are looking to find out a little bit more about bowel cancer, go online to www.nhsinform.co.uk
or call 0800 22 44 88.
In fact, if you have any worries at all, even
between screenings, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Your GP
wants to hear from you. If you live in Scotland and you’re between the ages of
50 -74 and you haven’t completed a bowel screening test in the past two years –
you can ask about getting one:
0800 0121 833