8 Signs You Should Get Your Bowels Checked

Bowel cancer’s symptoms can be similar to those of other bowel diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease. Consult with a doctor if you experience any of these problems with your bowels:

  1. Bleeding from the back passage (rectum) or blood in your stools.
  2. Diarrhoea or looser stools, lasting for more than four to six weeks.
  3. A lump in your back passage or abdomen, more commonly on the right side. Usually detected by a doctor.
  4. A sense of fullness in your back passage, even when you don’t need the toilet.
  5. Unexplained weight loss.
  6. Weight loss due to lack of appetite, bloating or queasiness.
  7. Pain in your abdomen or back passage.
  8. Anaemia (a low level of red blood cells) caused by internal bleeding, which can lead to fatigue and occasional breathlessness.

* This article first appeared in Her World June 2015 and was written by Averlyn Lim

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