Woman, 33, given 1 year to live after spotting change in bowel movement while on vacation

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The five-year relative survival rate for stage 4 bowel cancer that has metastasised and spread to neighbouring tissue is about 14 percent.

This makes it difficult to remove cancer completely, but treatment can still prolong survival and improve quality of life.

At this final stage of the disease, symptoms are bound to be most noticeable, making them hard to ignore.

The Cancer Centre explains: “Stage 4 colorectal cancer has spread beyond the [bowel] or rectum to distant areas of the body, including tissues and/or organs.”



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