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Bowel cancer / colon cancer

Bowel cancer / colon cancer

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Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK accounting for 10% of all deaths.  Statistics suggest that 35,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year.

With such shocking statistics early detection and treatment is essential for survival.

"Medical negligence claims can be brought due to delay or misdiagnosis of bowel/colon cancer."


Melanie Lidstone-Land | Head of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury

Anyone can develop bowel cancer however there are certain groups of people who are at risk of developing bowel/colon cancer. These people can include:

  • People over the age of 60 years old
  • Family history of bowel cancer
  • Having a bowel condition such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

Early detection is key to treating this disease. Doctors should respond quickly to change in bowel habits, changes in faeces, blood in faeces, weight loss and fatigue. If a patient is presenting with any one of these symptoms basic investigations should be carried out which include rectal examination, endoscopy, blood tests and x-rays.

When bowel/colon cancer is found and treated before it has spread from the immediate surrounding tissues, the prospect of a complete cure is excellent. Unfortunately, if medical practitioners fail to diagnose the cancer, this can lead to the disease growing undetected causing the window of opportunity to treat the disease to pass resulting in reduced life expectancy or death. If this occurs you may be able to bring a claim of medical negligence against the GP or hospital consultant.

Swain & Co Solicitors are specialist medical negligence lawyers. If you believe that you have received substandard treatment in the course of your treatment you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

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