Bowel Cancer

Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

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Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with 94% occurring in men and women over the age of 50.

Over half of cases are not diagnosed until they are in the later stage of the disease.

What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is also called colorectal cancer. It affects the large bowel / colon, usually when pre-cancerous polyps (growths) become cancerous.

In some cases it can spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system and the bloodstream.

The risks of getting bowel cancer depend on factors such as:

  • Existing medical conditions
  • Age
  • Family history and genetics
  • Unhealthy lifestyle

Types of bowel cancer claim

Medical mistakes or delays in diagnosis can be very serious.  We’ve dealt with cases such as:

  • Failure to act on early signs and make referrals
  • Misinterpreting scans and xrays
  • Failure to spot signs in biopsies
  • Delayed arrangement of exploratory tests such as colonoscopy
  • Lack of thorough examination
  • Incorrect diagnosis of another illness
  • Failure to follow up or monitor symptoms

Why make a bowel cancer claim?

Firstly, making a complaint raises awareness of mistakes being made – something which is quite common when it comes to bowel cancer.  It may even encourage others to have symptoms investigated earlier.

Secondly, a missed or delayed diagnosis can be an extremely stressful time – physically, emotionally and financially.  A compensation award might just take the pressure off a bit, allowing you the time and space you need to deal with what’s going on and focus on your recovery.
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How can First4Lawyers help?

Our expert solicitors have dealt with a lot of claims like these.  They understand the legal complexities involved and know how to build a case that will help you achieve maximum compensation.  We also offer a No Win No Fee* service for medical negligence claims in England and Wales.

How much compensation will I receive for bowel or colon cancer misdiagnosis?

That very much depends on the level of negligence and how it has affected your life and your future. Have a chat with our legal advisors and they will give you advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

You usually have three years from the ‘date of knowledge’ to make a medical negligence claim.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

It’s a good idea to keep a written record of what has happened, including dates, circumstances and any other evidence.

Or just get in touch with us for a free consultation and we can take it from.  You’re under no pressure or obligation to take it any further unless you wish to do so.

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Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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