Symptoms that should prompt medical attention are a change in your normal bowel habit. This can be:

  • Diarrhoea – passage of loose or more frequent stools
  • Constipation – passage of harder or less frequent stool
  • Presence of blood on toilet paper, in the toilet pan or mixed in with the stool

Any additional symptoms such as weight loss require URGENT investigation. A colonoscopy is usually recommended as the first test to investigate a change in bowel habit.

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