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Bowel Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors - UK Compensation Claim Lawyers


Bowel cancer can affect the colon or the rectum which are in the same category because the causes, symptoms and treatment for cancer of the colon and rectum are similar and the rectum is considered to be an extension of the large intestine. Bowel cancer is common and is third most common form of cancer following breast cancer and lung cancer. More men are affected than women. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of lung cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Bowel cancer occurs more commonly in older people with few people below the age of fifty being diagnosed. That being said, there are certain risk factors for the disease. There are two types of syndromes that are inherited that can lead to early bowel cancer: hereditary non-polyposis bowel cancer (HNPCC), and familiar adenomatous polyposis (FAP).

Individuals with the inherited HNPCC gene make up about two to five percent of all cases of bowel cancer, and have an eighty percent chance of developing the condition at some point in their lifetime. Individuals with FAP typically have multiple polyps in their colon, which will become cancerous at some point, usually prior to the age of forty. Careful monitoring is needed to keep them from becoming dangerous.

Not only are inherited syndromes more at risk, those with close relatives with bowel cancer are also at a higher risk for developing the disease. First degree relatives (a mother, father, sister, brother) who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of forty five, are at a higher risk of having the same problem.

Other people who are at high risk of developing bowel cancer include those with a chronic inflammation of the bowel that is caused by a condition such as Crohn�s disease or ulcerative colitis. These people are often monitored quite closely with routine bowel examinations by means of a special tool known as a colonoscope.


Bowel cancer can develop in either the upper portion known as the small bowel or in the lower portion known as the colon. In either case, the symptoms may mimic other less serious conditions which could lead to a misdiagnosis or complete dismissal of something more serious. Your doctor should always recommend follow up examinations by a specialist such as a gastroenterologist. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of lung cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Common symptoms associated with bowel cancer include fatigue, a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation, blood in the stool, discomfort, and weight loss. Bowel cancer can cause obstructions to form which can cause pain, bloating, constipation, and nausea. Bowel cancer can be diagnosed using a variety of methods all of which can be prone to misdiagnosis if proper care is not utilized. Blood tests need to be done, along with physical examinations, a proctoscopy, and a signoidoscopy which is an internal examination done with a fiber optic camera. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of lung cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Common symptoms associated with small bowel cancer include dark tarry stools, weight loss, diarrhea, and blood in the stool. Small bowel cancer can also cause blockages that can result in a ruptured bowel. Diagnosis can be done by means of a colonoscopy, or an endoscopy which is a fiber optic camera examination that can collect samples of tissue for further examination in a laboratory. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of lung cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Bowel Cancer Negligence Solicitors

If you or someone you know has suffered because of a bowel cancer misdiagnosis, do not wait to seek legal help. Our team of medical negligence solicitors is here to help you and has a wide variety of resources at their disposal. All of our cases are taken on a no win no fee* basis. We operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. Do not wait to seek the justice you deserve. Please call, email, or use the contact form on this website to contact us today. Your case will be reviewed for free, with no further obligation.

Bowel Cancer Overview

While bowel cancer can occur anywhere in the bowels, the vast majority of cases occur in the large bowel—the colon, for the purposes of his article, we will refer to bowel cancer and colon cancer interchangeably. These cancers begin as small polyps in the colon or rectum and can be seen on colonoscopy. As they grow, they begin to change the bowel habits and there are more symptoms.

As with all cancers, the important points should include early detection of colon cancer, surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapeutic medications. These together can cure colon cancer.

Symptoms of bowel cancer include blood in the stools, prolonged diarrhoea and/or prolonged constipation, unexplained change in bowel habits and unexplained weight loss. In some cases, colon cancer starts in the caecum, which technically starts with the small colon.

Who is most affected by bowel cancer? In UK and in the US, it is the third most common type of cancer. In women, it is the second most common type after breast cancer and in men, it is the third most common type after prostate and lung cancer. About 72 percent of cases of bowel cancer people are over the age of 65 years. Two thirds bowel cancers develop in the colon while one third develop in the rectum.

Risk factors for colon cancer include:

  • Being over the age of 65
  • Eating a low fibre diet or one high in fats and red meats or processed foods
  • Failing to maintain a low weight with a BMI less than 25
  • Being extremely sedentary
  • Drinking too much alcohol or smoking too much
  • Having a first degree relative with the disease
  • Having certain inherited conditions such as familial polyposis syndrome
  • Having Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

There is a difference between the screening for colon cancer in the US and in UK. In the US, patients are offered a screening colonoscopy beginning at the age of 50 and repeating the test every ten years. Stool for occult blood is a test offered every two years in between colonoscopy. In UK, screening is offered every two years starting at the age of 60 through 75. The screening test is a faecal occult blood test. It is a test in which stool is smeared onto a special card that shows blue if a drop of liquid is dropped on it. A flexible sigmoidoscopy is being introduced into the UK in coming years and is done on everyone.

Screening plays a big role in the fight against cancer. Cancers can be detected at a younger age and stage than ever before so that there can be a quicker and more thorough cure for the disease. There are fewer cases of metastatic disease and fewer people die from colon cancer when detected at a lesser stage. Right now the colonoscopy is considered the gold standard of colon cancer screening. If it finds a cancer in the first stage, it is considered completely curable.

Treatment of bowel cancer relies on a combination of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In some cases, biological therapy has been used. The chance of survival depends on how far along the cancer has progressed at the time of diagnosis. If you find the cancer in stage I, there is a ninety percent five year survival rate. If bowel cancer is found when it is metastatic, stage IV, the chances of surviving past five years is only about six percent.

Treatment starts with surgery to remove the bulk or all of the tumour and then removing lymph nodes that are involved. Then comes radiotherapy to singular metastases or chemotherapy to get rid of all metastases or areas where the tumour could not be moved.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here