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Male bowel cancer cases soar

Bowel cancer rates among men have soared by more than a quarter in the last 35 years, new figures have shown. In contrast, women have experienced a rise of only 6%, according to the report from Cancer Research UK.

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What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel.

Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon cancer or rectal cancer.

Symptoms of bowel cancer include blood in your stools (faeces), an unexplained change in your bowel habits, such as prolonged diarrhoea or constipation, and unexplained weight loss.

Cancer can sometimes start in the small bowel (small intestine), but small bowel cancer is much rarer than large bowel cancer.

Source: Cancer Research UK

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