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    Bowel cancer is often referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, and refers to a cancer that forms in the large bowel. Read more →

    hi im a 24 year old male. Im having all the symptoms of bowel cancer im having major problems with my small bowel ive been in hospital a number of times and had scans and had opperations would they have found out if i have bowel cancer they havnt checked my stools lately.





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    My dad had bowel cancer 2 years ago and my granddad has just been diagnosed as having bowel cancer. Is there more of a risk of me getting it? Does it run in families? I am really worried. Thanks





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    hiya i'm 13 and i had an anal fisser and my back passage still bleeds somesimes if my stools are to hard or large, i want to know what i can do about it? also i some times i feel tired alot and thats one of the symtoms of bowel cancer can you give me more information on bowel cancer and whether i should see a doctor?





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    Hey dude i had the same kinda thing when i was 13 like 5 years ago, try get an over the counter thing called liquid parafin, my dad got it for me and it worked, but dont take too much only like 3 of the capfuls of the bottle is enough! I used to feel so damn tired, but not sleepy tired, just completly energy drained, its part of the whole bowel thing, because its clogging up your insides your body just wants to feel relaxed at any chance it can so your energy goes it sucks, but take the liquid parafin, after a day youll need to go toilet, it will be very soft and easy to pass and then go drink a glass of water and youll suddenly have a whole new energy source and will feel fresh! If your like my, the next 2 years youll be taking liquid parafin a bit each month, then youll start to find it easyer and have more energy without it, and now i rarely have the problem, it only happens maybe 2 -3 times a year and its gone within a day its awesome! :)

    Hi, I am 24 years old and after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis i was told that my chances of getting bowel cancer will increase, im just wondering what are the odds of getting bowel cancer now that iv been diagnosed with this disease??





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    Hi I have had ulcerative colitus for about 20 years now, I have to use mesalazine supposotorys, they get straight to the effected area so more effective for me. I dont think you have a higher risk of getting cancer, but if you was to get cancer ever then it would be more likely to develop in the bowel. But as far as i have been told by my doctor at my local hospital just because you have ulcerative colitus does NOT mean your chances are higher to get cancer.

    Hi, I have ulcerative colitis and I am also a health psychology student. My interest area is obviously inflammatory bowel disease and I have looked at a lot of research in this area. For people with IBD the chances of getting bowel cancer are slightly increased by 5%. I also have 2 relatives that have had bowel cancer so this was something that I was also worried about. However, I ensure that I eat as healthy a diet as possible, I ensure that I don't miss taking my Pentasa and I exercise regularly to minimize my risk.

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    My mum recently died of bowel and liver cancer...as did my grandad...and to be honest all over my family have some form of cancer...is there a test to see if i carry the cancer gene that i can do?





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    I am currently undergoing tests for bowel cancer & didn't have any problems until a few nights ago I seem to be very windy & nothing will help to ease the problem. Whatever I eat I end up going to the loo I drink a lot of water (boiled or cold) I also take Movicol 2x daily & the pain around my gut is still there. Is there anything I can do to relieve what I hope is wind. I've even resorted to taking a senna tablet & although it cleared me out the dull ache still remains. In the past I've had a bowel resection as my small bowel was severely blocked. Please help Thank you





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    I have tried eating or drinking yoghurt. This seems to help with digestion. But what really helps with pain from wind is having strong ginger tea made from actual ginger root, boil it up and drink. Add sugar if you want it to be more palatable.

    I have tried eating or drinking yoghurt. This seems to help with digestion. But what really helps with pain from wind is having strong ginger tea made from actual ginger root, boil it up and drink. Add sugar if you want it to be more palatable.

    I am 39 & for several years have suffered with a bloated tummy, loose bowel movements & discomfort, sometimes pain to the right of my upper abdomen. I went to see my GP who said it was nothing & that I had a "fatty lump". I was unhappy with this & felt my GP did not take me seriously. I wonder if I am intolerant to certain foods as 3 yrs ago I became allergic to nuts & sesame seeds. Today my bowel movement was very strange. It was pale, slimy and looked like the inner lining of my intestine. I am worried. Everything I read in the net points to bowel cancer. There is no blood or darkness to my stools & no pain. Also GP's tend to blame everything on being overweight, so don't take my concerns particularly seriously. Please help. Thank you.





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    right i would advice you to go back to your gp surgery and this time see another doctor than last time! some doctors seem to think being "overweight" is the only answer they can give us! but no do not take this and see another doctor. i hope you do get more input and hopefully some tests done this time around...please keep in touch and let me know how you get off :)

    hi my father had terminal bowel cancer 10 years ago and my gran and auntie on that side of family too now i have always had stomach troble i.b.s lots of gas wakeing in the night with rageing tummy ache but cant go some food intoerances that flare up and settle down sudden loose bowel movement can this be heireditary and should i be seen to rule this out as my g.p seems very unhelpfull says as im only 32 not old enough for it





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    I glanced sideways into a full length mirror whilst going to the toilet at work. As I strained slightly I saw something come out & go back in! So I actually bent over and watched in the mirror as I pushed out and this large red "mass" came out! It can only be described as like a bright, red, soft "flower"?? I was able to suck it back in but did this numerous times and now know I've had this for a while. What is it, prolapsed bowel, bowel cancer?? Please help!





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    This sounds like prolapse, it is terrifying at first. Do you have any pain? Any blood. It is always, always, worth going to the doctor about but the appearance sounds like a prolapse. The folds suggest it isn't a prolapsed pile so go and get it checked out - don't worry about cancer, that was my first panic, just research prolapse e.g. do you have mucus when you go no.2? Try doing some exercises but do go to the doctor because I offer advice as someone with a prolapse but if it is something else then taking advice on dealing with this may damage you. Take care of yourself though, few people understand the pain of rectal prolapse.

    I am on my fourth renal transplant and been loosing blood from myback passage for 7 months now really fed up had a 2nd colonoscopy 10 days ago and found recutal ulcers but they have biopsied them to check for bowel cancer as not looked like normal ulcers also checking for CMV . I also have diversticuls can I ask for bowel resection s scared a lot just want them gone no quality of life and feel terrible and tired all the time





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    Bowel Cancer - the show was speaking to a lad with chronic constipation but one of things I noticed that was not suggested was getting him checked for Bowel Cancer. My own Bowel Cancer was only discovered because I was constipated for a month.





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    After watching the Bowel Cancer section of the programme and having a family history of bowel cancer I visited your website to see if I could find information on the availability of these screening test kits. I was delighted to see in your "Thank You" list, a link to the NATIONAL INDEPENDENT BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME(Point of Care Testing). Thank you for making this information available through your programme and your website.





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    I'm 19 yrs old & I was diagnosed with chron's december last year, & its under control now becuz im on asacol tablets, & im very lucky because nothing seems to be affecting my stomach at the minute. But no1 in my family has got any history of chrons, but my dad did have bowel cancer a few years ago, is it likely that i will also get bowel cancer now?





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    9 years ago my husband had bowel cancer and had a bowel resection, this has left him with the problem of being incontinant, everything just falls out of him all the time,and many times he just does not make it to the toilet. This is very dibilitating and embarrasing,the consultant has put him on a high dose of codine to try to cure the problem but this dosen't work, He has lost loads of weight. As if that isin't bad enough he was diagnosed with leukemia 10 months ago and 3 weeks ago he had to have a blood transfusion. Has anyone suffered the same problems after bowel cancer.





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    hey there ive suffered from piles for yrs. i take a lot of morphine which doesnt help but now my piles are bigger and totally black,they have started bleeding now and everytime i go to the loo it pulls another pile down. im to embarresed to go to the doctor is there any self help remedys i could use and is having piles related to bowel cancer as my dad has just passed away with bowel cancer hope some one can help me





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    Oh you must go to the doctors asap. I had to do this as i was desperate he put me on morphine which was the end of the line before surgery which i eventually had to have. Now much better , dont worry about the empbarrassment doctors see worse than piles. It is a very underestimated condition which causes lots of pain and suffering, some days i could not go to work or get out of bed due to pain in my bottom. It is more common than you think. It has helped me to talk about it and now i have a better life. Please get help x

    i'm 16 aswell and had some bright red blood in my stools, i know for bowel cancer it is usually darker blood but i have to be check for bowel cancer as it runs on my dads side of the family, i have had the bleeding before and it was a little darker but nothing too dark, i'm just scared that i am ignoring this when it could be something more serious.





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    i have suffered from IBS for a number of years, i take herbal based medication every day and much greater amounts than recommended, if i don't take it , i don't go to the loo. Sometimes i get bad pains in my bowel and i'm always worried that my bowel could rupture during that time i sometimes worry when i'm actually evacuating that it will burst, can it?? Can taking such large amounts of laxatives over such a long time damage the bowel and does this long term problem indicate that i'll be prone to getting bowel cancer?





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    hello a recently have been got a rapid change in my bowel habits, having to run to the toilet 3 to four times a day, and sometimes there is mucus present. I have had various examinations in the past including the camera to see my bowel as there is bowel cancer in the family. I am 53 years old and wondered if i could be considered for the camera ( pill) you used in the last programme that aloud us to see in the doctors gut etc after 7 hours or so.





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    I sometimes leak from my bowel when i cough and i get a bout of diarrearr at least once a week, my daughter thinks it could be bowel cancer





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    I have suffered with bowel problems for years. Everyday i have to take 16-18 senna tablets - Do I need to be checked for bowel cancer?





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    I am 27 male and strained one day on the toilet and noticed that something just dropped on my bowel. I've felt constipated and haven't had a normal bowel movement since then. When I do pass it is usually a large amount. I went through a period of passing a mucus like substance during bowel movements. My anus itches most of the time and I can see a small mass protruding when I try and have a bowel movement. Does this sound like a prolapse? I have an examination due at the end of this month. All of my symptoms point to a prolapse but I am worries this could be colon cancer? I would hope not since this began at age 23 or so... Just need some advice :..(





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    Im the same but never had my bowls stretched and i to am worried it could be cancer. My diet is also very and and know this can cause bowel cancer.

    My partners father was died at the age of 37 from bowel cancer and he is concerned that he may suffer from bowel problems. He regularly has stools of the same form and suffers diarhea expecially after drinking. Is it possible to get the NHC home testing kit?





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    Yes, 80% of bowel cancer cases are over 60, but please bare in mind that that 20% for those under 60 COULD be you. Don't rely solely on stats. I'm 23, and was diagnosed with an early stage of bowel cancer (cancerous polyp) months ago; if I hadn't persisted and gone to my GP SEVERAL times over the last year when the symptoms weren't improving, I could be a lot worse off than I am today. Remember people, early diagnosis is everything. Go to your GP if you notice any of these symptoms, especially bleeding. Trust me, a doctor rooting around down there is the least of your worries, especially compared to what you could end up with in years time if you're too embarrassed to seek medical help.





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    Re: "Jelly like stuff" i.e. mucus in stools This seems to cause doctors concern about possible bowel cancer. In my case over many years this led to two exploratory barium enemas and even an operation. Eventually (with no help from doctors or surgeons - who lost interest when cancer was eliminated) I discovered that it was caused by a bad case of dairy intolerance. Ceasing to consume dairy products stopped the mucus, the resulting sore and bleeding anus, and Irritable Bowel symptoms.





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    hey Stacey I have that feeling to of the anus and the fullness in the bowel and so much pressure and a unpleasant feeling, I haven't been to doctor yet, cause I always think I could have bowel cancer. i don't know why I still fill full.





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    Hi! just thought i'd comment, as I have recently gone through a similar experience. I have had bleeding from the rectum for about a year, and the same thing happened to me, doctors didn't seem interested, told me it was piles, gave me cream, and sent me on my way. it was only when i read more on the internet that i wanted to get it looked into further. I asked for a referral to my hospital for more testing, as the creams they were giving me weren't working, and my abdominal pains were getting worse. The doctors at the hospital discovered polyps inside my bowels, and they had them tested for Cancer. they also told me that the risk of bowel cancer was small, due to my age (27) and also the fact my family does not have a history of bowel cancer. i'd suggest you ask for a referral to the hospital, see a different Gp than last time and ask them to look at your records to show you've been to discuss the problem before. I really think you should pursue this, the polyps have now been removed (after both a flexible sigmoidoscopy and a colonoscopy) and my results are back to confirm i dont have cancer. i don't bleed anymore and i feel a lot better. biggest relief ever. go get it tested, nothing bad can come of it.

    I have a bad pile problem and I saw you operate on someone and it was done with a laser I think there was no surgery involved and I was wondering was there someone here in Ireland doing that procedure over here I am in Dubin. I am scared it might be more serious I had breast cancer 6 years ago and got over that but am afraid of bowel cancer it is embarassing going to a doctor I am heavy.

    I've got blood in my poo, i'm thirteen years old, please help me. I'm scared. Bowel cancer doesn't run in the family no one inmy family has never had any type of cancer. My grandads got diebeties.





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    I have had the itch for some time and put it down to medication till I found a few lumpy bits,found out today I have genital warts! I never had anything like this in my life but apparantly it's a very common infection. The thing that has given me great concern is that HPV virus can be connected to cervical cancer and I am very worried my mother passed away from bowel cancer last year so now I have having a panic does anyone know any more about anal warts and the risk related to cancer?





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  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Acne scarring

    We're Coming to Get You!

    The Docs are back, and this time they're coming to get you! Read more →

  • Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    The doctors revisit famous cases of skin problems, finding out how their patients are getting on now... Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Episode 7 - Series 7

    In Magaluf Dr Christian and Dr Dawn tackle our holidaying boys tackle - checking out their penis performances with erection monitoring and looking at our lads little swimmers. Read more →

  • Breast Reconstruction

    Episode 3 - Brighton

    The doctors head to Brighton with their truck-stop clinic, whilst the main clinic receives visits from a woman with a post-mastectomy problem, a man with Poland's syndrome, and some persistent ulcers. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Erectile Dysfunction

    Episode 6 - Erectile Dysfunction

    This week's episode includes a man whose erectile dysfunction has him at his wits end, an extreme case of tooth erosion and a ballooning belly that's more than just an obesity issue. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Night terrors

    Episode 2 - London

    This week's Embarrassing Bodies takes on the capital as the mobile clinic hits old London town! Read more →

  • Anal Operation

    Vaginas

    The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the country's busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies! Read more →

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