The charity Beating Bowel Cancer has highlighted a "shocking" lack of awareness of bowel cancer
in the UK.
Mark Flannagan, chief executive of the charity, said that the disease is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK.
"Throughout April, Beating Bowel Cancer is calling for people to take just a few moments to learn the symptoms of bowel cancer and when to act upon them," he explained.
The comments come after research found that 52 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women claim not to know any of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
Furthermore, when questioned, just 32 per cent of people in the UK were able to name two or more symptoms.
Mr Flannagan explained the benefits of early treatment: "If diagnosed early, nine in ten cases of bowel cancer could be successfully treated.
"However, currently around half of bowel cancer patients are diagnosed with advanced cancer, when it is often too late.
Awareness of bowel cancer and its symptoms is therefore essential to save lives through early diagnosis."