Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK affecting one in 14 men and one in 19 women every year.

We recommend an initial screen at 50 because bowel cancer develops from colonic polyps in the majority of sufferers, so the removal of these polyps reduces the likelihood of developing bowel cancer.

Some facts

  • Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer and the fourth most common cancer
  • Just under 16,000 (15,708) people die each year in the UK – that's a life every 32 minutes
  • Over 40,000 (40,695) people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year - that's one every 13 minutes
  • One in 14 men and one in 19 women have a lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer
  • Over 93% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer at an early stage survive for at least five years compared to less than 7% of those diagnosed at a late stage
  • Five-year survival rates for bowel cancer have doubled over the last 40 years
  • More than 8 in 10 cases of bowel cancer occur in people aged 60 or over, but bowel cancer can affect people of all ages.

Statistics from Cancer Research UK: www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/keyfacts/bowel-cancer

Symptoms of bowel cancer vary but the most common symptoms are:

  • A persistent change in bowel habit, especially going more often or looser stools
  • Bleeding from the bottom
  • Abdominal pain, especially if severe
  • A lump in your tummy
  • Unexplained weight loss or tiredness
  • Most of these symptoms will not be cancer. Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms for three weeks or more should go and see their GP

Bowel cancer screening at The London Clinic:

For more information about private bowel cancer screening, click here and complete our confidential online enquiry form