Screening for Bowel Cancer Could Save your Life!
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Screening for bowel cancer and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is a malignant growth that most often is found inside the large bowel but can also occur in the rectum. Most bowel cancers develop from small growths known as polyps. Polyps are like small spots on the bowel wall.
It is important to remember that not all polyps will grow into cancer, however regular screening will assist in the detection of any polyps.
Like other cancers, bowel cancer can develop with no signs or symptoms.
If you do experience any symptoms, these may include:
If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor to discuss.
Both men and women can get bowel cancer, however, your chances of getting bowel cancer increase if you:
Being healthy can prevent bowel cancer. To reduce your risk (PDF 2MB), it is recommended that you: