The symptoms of a serious bowel condition, such as cancer, can sometimes be similar to a non-serious condition such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) leaving GPs unsure how to act. A new risk assessment tool has therefore been developed and published in March this year to help GP's decide who needs a specialist referral for further testing and who needs to be monitored.
From 12 - 18 June 2017, is Men's Health Week, where organisations around the world focus on raising awareness of common health concerns faced by men. This year the campaign is centred around excess belly fat and the risks that are associated with this. This includes an increased risk of colorectal cancer, also known as colon, or bowel cancer. Find out about symptoms, prevention and treatment.
It is reassuring to know what to expect from any medical examination before you actually go. It means you can prepare both physically and mentally to minimise unnecessary stress and to ensure the test results will be as accurate as possible. The colonoscopy examination is used to detect colon cancer or other abnormalities in the colon. Learn what to expect in advance and on the day of the test.
May 29 is World Digestive Health Day, founded by the World Gastroenterology Organisation as a day to raise awareness of digestive health and the work of gastroenterologists across the globe. Many people suffer in silence with digestive disorders when there are often simple solutions such as a change in diet. Also, the sooner a digestive disorder is diagnosed, the easier it is for treatment. Here are some helpers and hinderers for your digestive system.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) typically references two conditions; Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Over 300,000 people suffer with these conditions in the UK alone, plus there are other less common types of IBD too. People of all ages are affected by IBD, however diagnosis usually takes place in young people, between age 15 and 30. As with many bowel disorders, there are many people suffering in silence, afraid or embarrassed to seek help.
Studies show that Coeliac disease in the UK has increased four-fold in the years between 1990 and 2011. Diagnosis is improving, however research suggests that an estimated 76% of people suffering still don't know! Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune condition that if left untreated can lead to infertility, osteoporosis and bowel cancer.
Despite a continual strive from medical professionals, researchers and scientists around the globe to further our knowledge about this common condition, the exact cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is still largely unknown. IBS has been linked to other health issues too, such as migraines, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome and impotence.
Bowel cancer is significantly more common in older people. In fact, over 90 percent of cases relate to over 50 year olds and 80 percent of total cases relate to over 60 year olds. However, every year 2,500 young people are diagnosed with bowel cancer, and this number is growing, predominantly due to lack of awareness and a delay in getting the necessary screening tests.
On occasions it is normal to feel bloated. After eating a particularly heavy meal, or during festive seasons like Easter or Christmas, which are generally more indulgent, bloating is common. If you frequently feel bloated though, then it is important to look into the causes of your discomfort. April is IBS Awareness month and bloating can be a key symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Bowel cancer, when detected in its initial phase results in almost 100% survival rate. Diagnosed in Stage 4, the survival rate can drop as low as 7%. This is why bowel cancer screening is so important. April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month so take a few minutes to read about how you can get screened and reduce your risk.