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Bowel Cancer

Cancer of any type is a devastating diagnosis and it is believed that 1 in 3 people in the UK will be diagnosed with a cancer of some type in their lives. The general rule is that the earlier the diagnosis is made the better the outcome will be. A delay of years, or even months can be crucial for your outcome.

A delay in the diagnosis of bowel cancer can have serious impact on your health and your final outcome.

Bowel cancer symptoms often include;

  • Blood in your stools or rectal bleeding
  • A change in bowel habits
  • Diarrhoea, incontinence, constipation
  • Unexplained weight loss.

Prompt investigations should be performed to establish the cause of any of these symptoms. GPs are required to refer patients quickly if they meet certain criteria.

The referral may be under what is known as the ‘2 week rule’. After being referred hospital patients will be assessed and may undergo blood tests, CT scans and/or MRI scans, ultrasounds scans or X-rays to assess the situation.

Delay in diagnosing Bowel Cancer

A court is likely to consider a GP negligent if they do not follow certain guidelines when referring a patient. These guidelines are provided by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) or local protocols.


If diagnosed early the prospects for survival are good. Any delay in the diagnosis of the bowel cancer can, however have very serious consequences.

Bowel Cancer Claims at Hodge Jones Allen

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

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