When pain is characteristic of bowel cancer it often is achy or cramp-like or feels similar to bloating.
If the pain is persistent, or if any other changes in bowel movements become chronic, it is advisable to get them checked by a health professional.
“A lot of symptoms of bowel cancer aren’t exclusive to bowel cancer, but if you continue to experience them for a period longer than three weeks then you should contact a pharmacist or your GP,” added Miss Guerrini.
The longer the bowel is left to contend with swelling, the greater the risk of further complications, such as vomiting.
Ms Guerrini added: “Bowel cancer can cause swelling in the abdomen, meaning that any food that you eat goes straight back up.