Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Bowel Cancer

If you've had blood in your poo or looser poo for the last 3 weeks, tell your doctor.

Your doctor wants to know. Chances are it's nothing to worry about, but these symptoms could be the signs of bowel cancer. Finding bowel cancer early makes it more treatable and could save your life.

Symptoms - How do I spot it?

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include blood in your poo or a looser poo. You should see your doctor straight away if you've had either of these symptoms for 3 weeks or more. Other bowel cancer symptoms include:

  • A pain or lump in your tummy
  • Feeling more tired than usual for some time
  • Losing weight for no obvious reason

Not all symptoms mean it's bowel cancer. They can be due to other conditions, such as haemorrhoids (piles), which may still need treatment. But don't try to diagnose yourself. Go and see your doctor now to find out for sure.

If you know anyone with any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.

How important is it to see my doctor?

You're not wasting anyone's time by getting your symptoms checked out and, if it's not serious, your mind will be put at rest. However, if it turns out to be bowel cancer, early detection can make all the difference.

Over 90% of those diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer are successfully treated. A trip to your doctor's surgery could save your life.

Bowel Cancer Support in Dorset

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Giving support and information about new developments to patients and their families, carers and friends who have experience of bowel cancer, as well as enabling the sharing of views.

This group meets at St. Leonards Hotel in St Leonards and The Royale Wessex Hotel in Dorchester, in the evening every 3 months with guest speakers and social activities and also, at various venues during the day every 2 months.

The group also provides one-to-one counselling and has provision to provide some financial help and transport to attend meetings and events for those people who need it. It is a great opportunity to meet new, understanding friends.

You can contact the commitee by email: for more information.

Be Clear on Cancer