Symptoms of Bowel Cancer

As with most forms of cancer, early detection is associated with the best chances of cure and survival. Some of the symptoms of bowel cancer include;

  • Change in bowel habit including diarrhoea and constipation
  • Blood in the stools - bleeding can be very dark or bright red in colour
  • An incomplete feeling of emptying after having a bowel movement
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort, including feeling bloated
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and breathlessness which may be due to anaemia
  • Unexplained weight loss

Unfortunately many bowel cancers do not cause any symptoms until they are very advanced, highlighting the importance of screening. 

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
or email
If you have private medical care or wish
to pay to see a consultant.
Take this factsheet along to your own
GP and request a referral to one
of our consultants
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