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Common symptoms of bowel cancer

The most common symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • a persistent change in bowel habits, especially needing to go to the toilet more often or having diarrhoea for several weeks
  • bleeding from the back passage or blood in the bowel motion
  • severe abdominal pain
  • a lump in the abdomen
  • unexplained tiredness or weight loss

See your GP if you have any of the above symptoms.

Campaign to test people for bowel cancer sooner

Video. It's one of our biggest cancer killers yet it's treatable, even curable, if caught early. That's why the charity Bowel Cancer UK is campaigning for GPs to be able to get patients tested sooner.

The current bowel screening programme offers tests, every two years, to men and women aged 60 to 74. The Department of Heath has pledged £60 million pounds over four years, to 2015, to further develop the screening programme.

Six centres have been been piloting the work, one of those at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust.

So is enough being done to detect the signs early? Elodie Harper met one woman who says that, although it may be too late for her, others shouldn't have to suffer the same fate.


Man who shot himself in doctor's surgery is named

An 86-year-old man who shot himself dead inside a doctor's surgery yesterday has been named locally as Brian Poingdestre.

Mr Poingdestre entered the men's toilet at the Station Road surgery in Frimley before turning the gun on himself yesterday morning.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said that details of the pensioner's death had been passed to the Surrey coroner.

A post mortem examination was due to carried out on his body and an inquest will be opened at a later date.

Investigations carried out after man shoots himself

Police are investigating how and why a pensioner shot himself dead at a doctor's surgery in Surrey.

The man, who was 86-years-old, is understood to have killed himself at the Station Road surgery in Frimley yesterday morning.

Officers and emergency crew were called at 11am when they received reports that a firearm had been discharged.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

A post-mortem will be carried out later this week.

Man dies after shooting at doctor's surgery in Frimley

Patients and staff at a doctors' surgery in Surrey are in shock today after a man in his eighties shot himself there.

It happened at the Station road Surgery in Frimley near Camberley just after eleven o'clock this morning. Surrey Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Our reporter Mel Bloor is at the scene and has the latest.


Statement from NHS England on Frimley shooting

We are supporting staff at the Station Road Surgery, Frimley, following the sudden death on the premises. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died. Surrey Police are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. The surgery will be open to patients as normal tomorrow."

– Spokesperson for NHS England
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