At Incorporating Wellness with Kelly Hopley, we want to break the poo taboo.

Why are people still dying from bowel cancer in 2023, despite home tests being available for the over 50’s in the UK, cases are still being missed.

Bowel babe bravely raised the profile of bowel cancer during her recent battle with the disease but sadly despite a valiant fight did not outlive the disease.

The number of people in England waiting longer than six weeks for tests that can help to diagnose bowel cancer has increased by over six-fold compared to the same time last year, according to figures published by NHS England.

Of the more than 92,000 people on the waiting list for investigations for suspected bowel cancer symptoms, over half (53%, or 48,860 people) were waiting more than six weeks for an endoscopy test (colonoscopy or flexi-sigmoidoscopy).

The figures highlight how vital it is that people can spot the signs, below are some of the key red flag symptoms.

  • Abdominal pain (11%)
  • Change of bowel habit (9%)
  • Weight loss (8%)
  • Unexplained tiredness/fatigue (3%)

According to Bowel cancer UK, bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer.

Be vigilant and check your poo, most importantly talk about any changes, you know your body better than anyone else.

If you would like any more information, please give us a call on Tel. No. 07974 692504 and we’ll be happy to help.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before undergoing any medical procedure or making significant changes to your diet or lifestyle.