Let’s talk about bowel cancer

28th February 2020 Clinical Negligence

Last week Dame Julie Walters revealed she was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer. Fortunately, she was able to undergo surgery and receive chemotherapy treatment and has now been given the all clear.

According to Bowel Cancer UK, more than 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK each year. Most people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over 50; however, more than 2,500 people under the age of 50 are diagnosed with the condition every year.

Symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

•             Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your stools;

•             A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit;

•             Unexplained weight loss;

•             Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason;

•             A pain or lump in your abdomen.

As clinical negligence specialists, we have seen the profound consequences of a late diagnosis of bowel cancer, and we recognise the importance of prompt referral once it has been suspected.  We have represented patients who have suffered a delay in their diagnosis which has caused them significant pain and suffering.

Bowel cancer can be treated more easily with an early diagnosis meaning a higher chance of successful treatment compared to those who are sadly diagnosed at a later, more advanced stage.  You can find out more about bowel cancer and the support available by visiting Bowel Cancer UK’s website

It is hoped that continued efforts to promote awareness of bowel cancer, such as the recent storyline in Emmerdale, where viewers will follow Vanessa’s Woodfield’s journey, as she comes to terms with her diagnosis and symptoms, will result in higher rates of early detection and diagnosis of the condition. This storyline will also coincide with Bowel Cancer Awareness month in April 2020.

JMW’s specialist clinical negligence team are experienced in handling delayed diagnosis of cancer claims. We know all too well the devastation a late diagnosis of cancer can have on individuals and their families, we investigate all claims thoroughly and consider all factors. If you or a loved one have been affected by a delayed diagnosis of cancer and would like to speak to a member of our team, please do get in touch.

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Hannah Madkour is a Paralegal located in Manchesterin our Clinical Negligence department

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