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Across the country men will be growing their beards to raise awareness and support vital research and lifesaving work to help prevent bowel cancer.

More than 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the United Kingdom every year, and more than 16,000 people die from bowel cancer each year. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the second biggest fatal cancer in the United Kingdom.

In the early stages of the disease, some of the common symptoms can be subtle and can include:

  • Bleeding from your rectum and/or blood in your stool
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit 
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no apparent reason
  • A pain or lump in your abdomen
  • Bowel obstruction (sometimes, a tumour can block the bowel, causing sudden pain in the stomach area, bloating and nausea)


If you have one or more of the above symptoms, you should seek urgent advice from your GP. Bowel cancer like most cancers may be treatable if diagnosed at an early stage.

If you have presented with any of the above symptoms to your GP, who has not addressed your concerns, and you have subsequently been diagnosed with bowel cancer, you may have grounds for a claim for medical negligence.

If you or a loved one has concerns regarding a diagnosis of bowel cancer, contact our medical negligence team for helpful and confidential advice on 0121 355 0011.