Bowel Cancer

In my previous post I wrote about Chadwick Boseman and how he recently died of Colon Cancer, which is a type of Bowel Cancer. www.cancerresearchuk.org have the following quote about Bowel Cancer, “Bowel cancer can start in the large bowel (colon) or the back passage (rectum). It is also known as colorectal cancer. Bowel cancer is divided into different types depending on where it starts in the bowel, and the type of cell that it starts in. Knowing this helps your doctor decide which treatment you need”

Earlier this week British Olympic Champion Kris Akabusi revealed that he has undergone treatment for early stage Bowl Cancer, and that he was urged by his friends to see his Doctor after a discussion about men being slow to seek help. “Our generation grew up being ‘hard as nails, big boys don’t cry, keep it to yourself’, all that stuff. And I’m an Olympic athlete. But another six months and the cancer could have gone anywhere” Kris Akabusi also had a military career serving in Army as a Physical Training Instructor, which may have had an impact on not wanting to seek help.

Signs to look out for:

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Change in bowel habits, either having more bowel, smaller movements; more constipation (Any noticeable change from what is normal and regular)
  • A change in stool appearance or consistency such mucus in the stools or narrower stools
  • Diarrhoea or constipation that lasts more than several days
  • Gas, bloating or cramps in the bowel or rectum
  • A feeling of fullness in the bowel even after a bowel movement
  • A pain or lump in the rectum or bowel
  • Other symptoms may include fatigue, weakness, and unintended weight loss.

Having one or more of the above does not mean you have Bowel Cancer, however if you have any of them do not delay speaking to your Doctor. Had Kris Akabusi waited any longer it could have been too late for him.

Useful links:

www.bowel.cancerresearch/

www.cancerresearchuk.org

www.nhs.uk

www.macmillan.org.uk

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