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Bowel cancer: Three changes in your stools you need to look out for warning of the disease

Bowel cancers warning signs and symptoms often lie in the toilet and if noticing a change in your stools, it could indicate your risk. What should you look out for?

According to The Royal Marsden, a specialist cancer hospital affiliated with the NHS, blood or mucus in your poo may signal the deadly disease.

There may also be increasing constipation, or perhaps alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea, says the health body.

“A feeling that you haven’t completely emptied your bowels is quite common if the tumour is in the rectum,” it says.

This can be uncomfortable, and you may constantly feel the urge to go to the toilet, it adds.

Bowel Cancer UK report that bowel cancer affects around 268,000 people in the UK.

The charity adds: “More than 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year.”

The NHS currently offers bowel cancer screening for people over the age of 60 within England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

People in Scotland are invited for bowel cancer screening from the age of 50.

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