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General enquiries:
+44 (0)207 935 4444
Book an appointment:
+44 (0)207 616 7693
Self-pay enquiry:
+44 (0)203 219 3315

WHAT IS BOWEL CANCER? 

The tissues and organs of the body are made up of cells. These age and become damaged, and need to repair and reproduce themselves continually. 

Sometimes during this process, normal cells can become abnormal, and as a result of a long series of changes, these abnormal cells can become cancerous.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in the UK. There are nearly 42,000 cases* diagnosed each year in both women and men.

WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO GET BOWEL CANCER? 

The cause of most bowel cancers is still unknown, but we do know that risk increases with age (95% of bowel cancer cases are found in people aged 50 or over*). 

However, bowel cancer can affect anyone at any age. On average, people with a family history have a slight increased lifetime risk of developing the disease. 

A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION SHOWING LOCATIONS OF WHERE CANCER CAN OCCUR 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BOWEL CANCER

Bowel cancer can be suggested by one, or a combination of the following: 

  • change in bowel habit, usually as an increase in frequency or how loose the stool is
  •  increased bouts of constipation 
  • blood and/or mucus in your stool 
  • decreased appetite and weight loss for no known reason
  • lethargy or general ill health because you have been losing blood from your bowel causing anaemia
  • a feeling of not being able to completely empty your bowels (this is known as tenesmus)
  • vague discomfort in the abdomen, or even a colicky type of pain, often related to bowel actions

The diagnosis of colorectal cancer can be made from the results of tests and investigations. 

mEDICAL aDMISSIONS

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Facilitating acute admissions into The London Clinic whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and care, supported by a consultant on-call rota.

Concierge service

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We can support our patients with travel, hotel accommodation, London tours, plus theatre and restaurant reservations.

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Main numbers

General enquiries: 020 7935 4444Appointments: 020 7616 7693Self-pay: 020 3219 3315

Other numbers

Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3 219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708

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Medical service numbers

Breast services appointments: 020 7616 7653 Diagnostics appointments: 020 7616 7653 Endoscopy appointments: 020 7616 7760 Eye centre appointments: 020 7616 7768 Haematology appointments: 020 7535 5503 Kidney services appointments: 020 7224 5234 Liver services appointments: 020 7616 7719 Physiotherapy appointments: 020 7616 7651 Radiology appointments: 020 7616 7653

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