Jeremy Clarkson, 59, who’s currently hosting revived ITV gameshow Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? discussed a cancer scare he had after a trip to the loo sent him panicking. The presenter had spotted traces of blood in the bowel which he knew is one of the major warning signs of bowel cancer.
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Jeremy said: “I looked back to see what I’d produced and damn near had a heart attack.
“The whole bowl was stained blood red.” Revealing his initial thought process at the time, he wrote in his August column for The Sun: “Well that’s it, I’ve got bottom cancer.”
Blood in either the stools or in the bowel after use is a sign of bowel cancer and should not be ignored.
Luckily for Jeremy, the cause of the colour was due to his previous consumption of beetroots and not a health scare.
He joked: “Swear to God that stuff should come with a health warning, advising people that it will make your number twos the colour of Marilyn Monroe’s lips.”
The NHS said: “You might be bleeding from the bottom if you have blood on your toilet paper, red streaks on the outside of your poo, pink water in the toilet bowl, blood in your poo or bloody diarrhoea or very dark, smelly poo.
“A small amount of one-off bleeding can often go away on its own without needing treatment.
“Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel.
“Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer.”
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The three main symptoms of bowel cancer are persistent blood in the stools that happens for no obvious reason or is associated with a change in bowel habit, a persistent change in the bowel habit which is usually having to go to the toilet more often and having a persistent lower abdominal tummy pain which could include bloating or discomfort that’s always caused by eating.
The NHS said: “See your GP if you have one or more of the symptoms of bowel cancer and they have persisted for more than four weeks.
“Your GP may decide to examine your tummy and bottom to make sure you have no lumps.
“Some simple blood test may be arranged to check for iron deficiencies such as anaemia or arrange for you to have some simple test in hospital to make sure there’s no serious cause of your symptoms.”
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