Warning: 'Pencil Poos' could be a Sign of Bowel Cancer, Experts Say

Warning: 'Pencil Poos' could be a Sign of Bowel Cancer, Experts Say

Signs to Watch Out For

Experts warn that regularly passing "pencil poos" could be a sign of bowel cancer. Narrow stools are considered a rare but highly concerning symptom of the deadly disease, according to Dr Michael Cecchini of Yale University. He explains that thin or pencil-like stools are not common but should raise red flags.

Other Symptoms and Statistics

Bowel cancer is now the third most common cancer in Britain, with 41,596 Brits diagnosed in 2021. It is the UK’s second deadliest cancer, claiming 16,000 lives each year. However, early diagnosis can lead to a 90% survival rate. Symptoms to watch out for include changes in your stool, blood in your poo, abdominal pain, bloating, and unexplained weight loss.

Understanding Your Poo

According to the Bristol Stool Scale, different types of stools can indicate various aspects of your digestive health. From sausage-like poos indicating good digestion to caterpillar-like poos suggesting constipation, understanding your stool shape can provide insights into your overall health.

Diarrhoea and Bowel Conditions

Diarrhoea can be a symptom of various conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn's disease. Over 500,000 people in the UK have IBD, which can cause chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. Staying hydrated and choosing easily digestible foods can help manage these conditions.

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