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 are essential for survival. Failure for medical professionals to do so could result in bowel cancer claims.
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
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.
"Medical negligence claims can be brought due to delay or misdiagnosis of bowel/colon cancer."
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