Jeremy Clarkson, 59, saw something unusual in the bathroom and said he "almost had a heart attack" when he found out. Presenter Who Wants To Be A Millionaire spotted blood in her urine and "calculated" that the symptom was related to bowel cancer. Speaking to The Sun, Jeremy said, "I looked back to see what I had produced and almost had a heart attack.
Luckily for him, the shocking sight was linked to a beet meal he'd had.
This added the color red to the stool instead of royal blood.
Realizing his mistake, he said, "I swear to God these things should come with a health warning, advising people that this will make their number twice the color of Marilyn Monroe's lips."
One of the main symptoms of bowel cancer is detecting blood in the stool. However, it may also be due to a case of hemorrhoids.
Other symptoms of bowel cancer include changes in bowel habit, such as more frequent and looser stools and abdominal pain.
The NHS stated: “Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large intestine.
"Depending on where the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon or rectal cancer.
"Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of diagnoses in the UK, with about 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.
Because nearly nine of the people with bowel cancer are over 60, the symptoms are more important as people get older. "
Bowel Cancer UK explains: "Each of the UK screening programs uses home tests, which look for blood hidden in the poop.
If you are registered with a GP and within the eligible screening age range, a test will be automatically sent to you so that you can complete it in the privacy of your home.
There are several lifestyle changes you can make to prevent bowel cancer.
Bupa recommends the following:
- Trying to do some regular exercise
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a healthy diet
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
- If you experience symptoms of bowel cancer or are interested in screening, talk to your GP.