Know the symptoms of bowel cancer

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include any of the following:

  • Blood in your bowel motion or bleeding from the back passage.
  • A lasting change (more than a month) in your normal bowel motion, such as diarrhoea or constipation.
  • Feeling that you have not emptied your bowel fully after a motion.
  • Pain or discomfort in your abdomen (tummy) or back passage.
  • Trapped wind or fullness in your tummy.
  • Weight loss for no reason.
  • Ongoing general tiredness or weakness.

It is important to remember that all these symptoms can also be due to complaints other than bowel cancer.

However, if you have any of these symptoms it is important that you have them checked by your GP.

Check your bowel health

Use our online quiz to get your personalised assessment of your bowel health. Knowing your bowels also helps you spot the early signs of bowel cancer - when caught early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated.

Check your bowel health

More information

For more information on bowel cancer, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, visit our bowel cancer information pages. You can also download and read our cancer prevention leaflet Bowel cancer- What you should know.

Read next: Take our online bowel health checker and answer a few questions about your bowel health.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Monday, April 3, 2017