Bowel Cancer Awareness
Bowel cancer (also known as colon, rectal or colorectal cancer) affects both men and women. Over 2,700 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in Ireland every year. It is also the second most common cause of cancer death in Ireland. If bowel cancer is found early, it can be successfully treated. Learn the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and use our online bowel health checker to answer a few questions and check your bowel health today.
You can reduce your chances of getting bowel cancer by eating well, having a healthy body weight and getting regular exercise. It's also important to limit alcohol and avoid smoking.
If you're 60 or over you can take part in the free national bowel screening programme, BowelScreen. Screening helps detect bowel cancer sooner when it can be more easily treated.
With early detection key to successful treatment of bowel cancer, the Irish Cancer Society has raised the issue of colonoscopy waiting times in bowel cancer screening with the Government of Ireland.
Once your treatment is over, your doctor will want to see you for regular check-ups. This is known as follow-up. Learn more about what's involved after treatment for bowel cancer and find support and resources.