Bowel cancer warning – does your poo look like this? Should your stool sink or float?

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer to be diagnosed in the UK, according to the NHS.

Most people diagnosed with the cancer are over 60 years old.

Bowel cancer symptoms include a persistent change in bowel habit, or a persistent abdominal pain.

But, the symptoms of bowel cancer can be difficult to spot, and may not necessarily make you feel unwell.

One of the ways to check whether you’re at risk of bowel cancer is to check your poo after using the toilet.

Almost half of people in the UK have never checked their poo, according to the Taymount Clinic.

If your poo is dark red or brown, it could be a sign of bowel cancer.

The darker red colour comes from blood high up in the bowel.

If there’s a bright red tinge to your stool, it could be caused by haemorrhoids.

A healthy stool should also sink, the clinic added.

“Your poo shouldn’t normally float,” the Taymount Clinic told Express.co.uk.

“If your gut is doing its job, you should be digesting oils and fats which will make your stool sink.

“The odd floater is not an issue, but if it is a common occurrence this can be a sign of bad digestive health.”

The ideal poo should look like a smooth, soft sausage, according to Ramsay Health Care UK.

It should be about an inch in diameter, and about 12 inches long.

The exact cause of bowel cancer isn’t known, according to the NHS.

But, you could be at higher risk of the condition if you’re over 60 years old, are overweight, or eat a lot of processed meat.

The NHS offers two types of bowel cancer screening for adults in England.

A faecal occult blood test requires a home-stool testing kit, while a bowel scope screening involves using a thin instrument to look inside the bowel.

Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the symptoms of bowel cancer.

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