Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the third commonest cancer in the UK and accounts for over 40,000 new cases every year. The diagnosis is usually based on a change of bowel habit which can comprise symptoms of constipation, sometimes diarrhoea, bleeding or bowel obstruction. Again, early diagnosis produces the best cure rates but surgery sometimes needs to be backed up by radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

There has been some improvement in the survival of colon cancer as better surgery and oncology management has been adopted but greater improvements are expected to follow from earlier diagnosis for more patients from the recently adopted colon screening programme.