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Why the Late or Misdiagnosis of Bowel Cancer May be More Common Than You Think

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My name is Aiden McGarry and I'm one of the solicitors in the clinical negligence team here at IBB Claims. Bowel cancer is unfortunately the UK's second biggest cancer killer; bowel cancer is more likely to occur in those over 50; however, unfortunately this disease is becoming increasingly common amongst young people. Figures published in 2009 indicated 120% increase in the instances of bowel cancer amongst the under 30’s. However unfortunately this is not a diagnosis that doctors frequently consider for young people.

Your bowel is part of your digestive system and bowel cancer is a general term for a cancer that occurs anywhere in the large bowel; so that could be colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer or a small bowel cancer. It's important to be aware that the symptoms of bowel cancer are subtle and you may not always feel ill. Some things to look out for are bleeding when you go to the toilet, changes in your bowel habits which last for more than three weeks, unexplained weight loss, extreme tiredness, lumps on your abdomen or feeling full and bloated always after food.

As you may have recognised, many of the symptoms of bowel cancer are common to other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. The news media is unfortunately awash with stories of misdiagnosis of bowel cancer and the fatal consequences of this. Figures published recently estimated that up to 20% of bowel cancer patients are initially diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. The good news is that if detected early, bowel cancer has very high survival rate almost nine out of ten. Bowel cancer screening is currently only offered regularly on the NHS to those over 50; however if you are younger than this and you're worried about bowel cancer, because perhaps you have a family history of this or for any other reason, you should contact your GP for advice immediately.

Treatment for bowel cancer varies depending on where the cancer occurs in your bowl and also what stage your cancer is at. Surgery is the most common treatment for bowel cancer and this can be coupled with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other biological treatments depending on your unique case.

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IBB Law are specialist’s clinical negligence solicitors and we have particular experience assisting clients who are seeking compensation in relation to delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis of bowel cancer. For example we are currently assisting the family of a young mother who tragically passed away last year due to misdiagnosis of bowel cancer. So if you believe you have suffered harm as a result of the delayed diagnosis of bowel cancer or indeed of any other type of cancer, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist clinical negligence solicitors for advice on how we can assist you on a no-win no-fee basis.

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