Bowel Cancer Risk

This information sheet looks at what may increase your risk of bowel cancer if you have Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD), and how you can reduce this risk. It also describes changes in the bowel that may develop into cancer, and how these are detected.

What is bowel cancer?
What are the symptoms?
Who is at risk?
What is the risk?
Are there other risk factors
Can I reduce the risk?
Can anything else reduce the risk
What is a colonoscopy?
What is a colonoscopy looking for in relation to cancer?
What is a dysplasia?
How often should I have a colonoscopy?
How effective is a colonoscopy in finding cancer or preventing it from occuring?
What other test are available?
What if I am diagnosed with bowel cancer?
Risk of small bowel cancer
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
How we write our information

Last reviewed: April 2019