BBC Journalist Jeremy Bowen diagnosed with bowel cancer

The BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen announced today that he is being treated for bowel cancer. Appearing on the BBC Breakfast programme he said that he was diagnosed despite not suffering from the usual symptoms associated with bowel cancer, which can include a change in bowel habits, blood in your stool and stomach pain. "I had no symptoms - none of the classic bowel cancer symptoms. Nothing at all. But I thought I should get a test," he said.

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Mr. Bowen took this opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of getting screened early, and for anyone with unusual symptoms not to “die of embarrassment” but to report it and get tested as he did via colonoscopy, which he described as “not nearly as bad as it sounds.” For more details please see the BBC report at:

40tude is working to raise awareness of this disease and recommends that you are screened regularly for colon cancer from your mid-40s.  High quality CT colonography (a CT scanner-based screening method) and colonoscopy are the most accurate methods for examining the colon for precursor polyps and cancer. The NHS is not able to offer these forms of screening to the whole population but that shouldn't stop you considering adding them to your screening programme.