The sad fact is that about half of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK - after breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer - with about 42,300 people diagnosed with the illness every year, according to Cancer Research UK.
The good news is that most people survive the disease - also known as colon or colorectal cancer - but only if spotted by doctors early enough.
This would suggest that its status as the second most deadly, after lung cancer, is down to not enough people getting diagnosed in time.
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link source - Leicester Mercury