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Bowel cancer overview

Around 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. When detected early, bowel cancer can be cured. Learn more about bowel cancer symptoms, screening, diagnosis and the treatments that include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and biological therapy.

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Concern over bowel cancer missed opportunities

Around 1 in 5 people with bowel cancer who sought emergency medical help had experienced warning signs about the disease in the previous 12 months, suggesting they could have been diagnosed earlier, according to new research.

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What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is common, with around 1 in 20 people in the UK likely to develop bowel cancer during their lives.

Bowel cancer may also be referred to as colon or rectal cancer depending on where the cancer is located.

Inside your abdominal cavity is the long, tubular digestive tract. The second part of this tube -- the large intestine -- is composed of the colon, which stretches 120 cm to 180 cm (four to six feet), and the rectum, which is only 10 to 15 cm (four to six inches) long.

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