A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body protrudes through the surrounding tissue wall or pushes out through a weak area of muscle. Hernias normally develop between the chest and the hips and may not have any associated symptoms.
Being at risk of bowel cancer is not the same thing as having the disease but it can be helpful to be aware of your risk level so you can take proactive steps to protect yourself, wherever possible.
Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term used to describe two chronic digestive disorders, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. They share similar symptoms, including severe diarrhoea and/or constipation, abdominal pain, weight loss, blood in the stool, fever and fatigue.
Diverticular disease, or colonic diverticulosis, is the term given to small pouches, which form in the wall of the bowel as one gets older, . These pouches, called diverticulae, occur commonly after the age of 40 and are normally harmless. However, if they become infected or inflamed you can develop severe abdominal pain, nausea, fever…