Beating bowel cancer together

Diagnosis

This section describes the tests you may have to find out whether you have bowel cancer.

You may have some tests when you visit your GP. Other tests are done in hospital. Bowel cancer may also be diagnosed through a screening programme

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

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