This condition is the 2nd biggest cancer killer in the UK. Bowel Cancer UK are trying to promote awareness of the symptoms as early detection of the cancer maybe treatable and there is a good chance of survival.
Symptoms can be:
bleeding from your bottom or in your stools/poo
unexplained weight loss
lump and/or pain in tummy
change in bowel habits lasting 3 weeks or more especially if stools are looser or runny
Furthermore, if you are aged 60-74 you are entitled to a free NHS screening test in the post every 2 years. The test kit requires you to collect 3 stool samples. This test can be done in the privacy of your own home. Then return the sample in the freepost envelope provided. You can expect the results in 2 weeks. Also for more information on screening.
In addition, whatever age you are, if you are worried about any of these symptoms and think might be cancer, please get in touch with your GP.
Finally, if you would like to know more about acupuncture please call 07816 363313 or get in touch via enquiry form.
Maria is a qualified acupuncturist based in Essex with clinics in Chelmsford and Maldon. For over 20 years she has treated patients for a wide variety of problems and specialises in infertility, pregnancy and pre-birth acupuncture, as well as advising on acupressure during labour.