When in the loo, most people cannot afford to look at their poo, they just want to have it over with and leave. Things like the poop and pee (urine) which are given little to no consideration can say a lot about our health. They can act as a signal to health problems, therefore having the ability to save your life.
This can be said for Bowel cancer. The colour, size and texture of your poop can be a good indicator of Bowel cancer. Although it is not as popular in the media as breast cancer, bowel cancer also referred to as colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world, according to the World Cancer research Fund International.
When a change in the bowel movements recurs for more than 3 weeks together with other symptoms like; blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, extreme tiredness, abdominal pain and even a lump in the stomach can be a sure fire way to tell if you have colorectal cancer.
Ash Gupta of Ramsay Health Care UK told MailOnline concerning colorectal cancer, “the most difficult thing I have to grapple with as a bowel cancer consultant is the needlessness of many of these deaths.”
“It is a fact that over 90 per cent of people who develop bowel cancer can be cured if caught early – at stage one.”
He explains that detecting the early signs of the health problem is very important and can almost certainly improve a patients chance of survival. Gupta says one of the ways to determine if one has colorectal cancer is by looking at the poop.
‘If changes in your bowel habits persist for more than three weeks, or if you have noticed blood in your stools, consult your doctor immediately,’ he said , adding that there is no reason to be embarassed about discussing your poop with your doctor.
‘It is understandable that bowel symptoms may sometimes be embarrassing to be discussed and people may be put off by it, however it is crucial to get them investigated and treated early in order to achieve a cure.
‘If you do notice bleeding in your stools – or persistent loose stools or increased frequency of stools – there are tests that need to be done.
To make things easier, Gupta created an infographic to spead awareness on the relation between the poop and colorectal cancer.