Understanding bowel cancer

The term 'bowel cancer' is usually used to describe cancer found in the colon or rectum. Bowel cancer can also be found in the small bowel or anus.

  • Colon cancer

    The colon is part of the large bowel. Cancer found in the colon can also be called colorectal cancer.

  • Rectal cancer

    The rectum is the lower part of the large bowel. Cancer found in the rectum can also be called colorectal cancer.

  • Small bowel cancer

    The small bowel makes up three quarters of the digestive system, but cancers in this area are rare.

  • Anal cancer

    The anus is the opening at the end of the large bowel. Cancer of the anus is rare.

Bowel cancer explained

Bowel cancer explained

Consultant Clinical Oncologist Amen Sibtain explains what bowel cancer is, including colon and rectal cancer.

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Bowel cancer explained

Consultant Clinical Oncologist Amen Sibtain explains what bowel cancer is, including colon and rectal cancer.

About our cancer information videos