Ever wondered just how healthy your body is on the inside? Well, your bowel movements could provide the answer.
Changes to your poo could be an indicator that your body is going through something, while blood in your stools could be a sign of bowel cancer.
Ramsay Health Care UK has created a chart that shows the types of poo that are healthy and the types that should raise concerns, particularly those that could be a symptom of bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the world, however many of us are reluctant to talk about our toilet habits according to a study by the health group.
Interestingly, 35.7% of people do not openly discuss their bowel habits.
Additionally, almost half of us would not even confide in our families about our stools and changes to our bowel habits.
Despite blood in poo being the key symptom of bowel cancer, only 21.8% of people say would visit their doctor the first time they noticed blood in their stools, while one third of us would wait at least a week before seeking professional help.
Fewer than 10% of people diagnosed with the last stage of bowel cancer survive for more than five years—however, if caught early, survival chances can increase significantly.
Mr Ash Gupta, Bowel Cancer Consultant at Ramsay Health Care, says, "The most difficult thing I have to grapple with as a Bowel Cancer Consultant is the needlessness of many of these deaths. It is a fact that over 90% of bowel cancers can be cured if caught early at Stage 1."
He adds, "If changes in your bowel habits persist for more than three weeks, or if you have noticed blood in your stools, consult your doctor immediately." This chart shows the key signs that people, especially over 50s who are at the most risk, should regularly check for.
Take a look at the diagram to see just how healthy your body really is.