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Link to the NHS Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) website

NHS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition of the digestive system. It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

The symptoms of IBS usually appear for the first time when a person is between 20 and 30 years of age. They tend to come and go in bouts, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.

Symptoms vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others. However, most people have either diarrhoea, constipation, or bouts of both. You may also have mucus in your stools.

You may find the painful stomach cramps of IBS ease after going to the toilet and opening your bowels.

Link to the NHS Bowel incontinence website

NHS: Bowel incontinence

Bowel incontinence is an inability to control bowel movements, resulting in the involuntary passage of stools. It is also sometimes known as faecal incontinence.

The experience of bowel incontinence can vary from person to person. Some people feel a sudden, urgent need to go to the toilet, and incontinence occurs because they are unable to reach a toilet in time. This is known as urge bowel incontinence.

Other people may experience no sensation before passing a stool, known as passive incontinence or passive soiling, or they may pass a small piece of stool while passing wind.

Link to the Bowel cancer screening website

Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective.

Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.

Link to the Bowel Cancer UK website

Bowel Cancer UK

For 26 years we have been aiming to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.

Our headquarters are in London. We currently have offices in England, Scotland & Northern Ireland.

As a charitable organisation, we are almost completely dependent on voluntary donations. Help us to save more lives.

Link to the Bladder and Bowel Foundation website

Bladder and Bowel Foundation

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation (B&BF) is the UK wide charity for people with bladder and bowel control problems. B&BF provides information and support services, including a confidential helpline, for anyone affected by these conditions as well as their families, carers and healthcare professionals.

B&BF was officially formed in June 2008 and incorporates the objectives and missions of Incontact (National Action on Incontinence formed in 1989) and the Continence Foundation, which closed in May 2008.

With an estimated 14 million people in the UK with a bladder control problem and 6.5 million with a bowel control problem that is bothersome, our work is vital if we are to change the way in which patients are helped and supported.



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