Tenesmus is 'distressing' toilet sensation that could alert of bowel cancer 'early'


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“In patients with recurrent rectal cancer, the reported prevalence of tenesmus is around 14 percent. 

“Despite low prevalence, tenesmus is acknowledged clinically as a very distressing symptom that affects the quality of life.”

However, once you experience this toilet sensation, you should speak to your GP.

Mr Antoniou said: “Tenesmus, when present, is continuous which triggers patients to seek medical advice. 



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