Symptoms & Resources

These are just some of the many types of cancer.

Cancer is a name given to a group of diseases in which some of the body’s cells become abnormal and multiply out of control. These abnormal cells can then spread to other parts of the body where they cause further damage.

There are over 100 different types of cancer in humans. They are usually described by where in the body they start.

Risk Factors
A risk factor is anything associated with increasing the chance of developing cancer. Some of these are listed below. It is hard to know how much any single risk factor contributes to developing cancer.

For most cancers, the causes are not yet fully understood.

Bowel Cancer

What is it?

The bowel is the main part of your body’s digestive system and includes the colon, rectum and anal canal. Bowel cancer is also known as colorectal cancer. It is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the large bowel.

Risk factors include:increasing age; a history of bowel cancer, polyps or bowel disease; or a family history of bowel cancer or gynaecological cancer

What are the symptoms?

  • bleeding from the rectum (look at your stools)
  • symptoms of anemia (fatigue, tired, pale, breathless)
  • a change in bowel habit – loose stools or constipation
  • abdominal pain or cramping
  • bloating
  • weight loss

Many other conditions can cause these symptoms, so if you experience any it is best to see your doctor. More information here.