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Bowel Problems


Bowel problems, though embarrassing and unglamorous, affect an awful lot of people – men and women, young and old, so if you’re visiting this page thinking you’re the only one experiencing embarrassing symptoms, rest assured you are not.

We understand that people often find it difficult to be open about bowel problems, but we urge everyone to seek help as there are many helpful treatments available.

Some UK facts to digest:

  • Bowel cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in both men and women. In 2009 there were 41,142 new cases diagnosed, up from 39,991 in 2008. 18,431 (45%) of these were women, (55%) 22,711 were men.
  • Bowel cancer is survivable! If caught early chances of making a full recovery are very good indeed, with about 9 in 10 people beating the disease.
  • 100,000 individuals are living with Ulcerative Colitis and 52,000 with Crohn’s Disease. The conditions are chronic and still uncurable.
  • Over 100,000 people live with a stoma (an opening in the abdomen through which waste passes). There are around 21,000 procedures annually which result in the formation of a stoma, approximately half of which are permanent.

On the left hand side is a list of the most well known problems seen in clinic. We hope that you find the information of use.