This section describes the tests you may have to find out whether you have bowel cancer.
Some people are diagnosed after going into hospital in an emergency with pain in the stomach area and sickness (vomiting).
Most people with bowel cancer are diagnosed when they are over the age of 50. But more than 2,500 people under 50 are diagnosed each year in the UK. For information on how bowel cancer affects younger people, download or order a copy of our booklet, Younger people with bowel cancer: a guide for the under 50s.
Updated March 2016. Due for review March 2019.