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Bowel cancer overview

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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Women face delays in bowel cancer diagnosis

Women in England are more likely to be diagnosed with bowel cancer at a later stage than men, putting them at a higher risk of dying from the disease, say researchers.

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What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the UK.



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, and the rectum, which is only 10 to 15 cm long.

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