People should educate themselves on the symptoms of bowel cancer so that more lives can be saved, according to charity Beating Bowel Cancer, which could lessen the need for home care.
To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness month, research revealing that 52 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women do not know the symptoms of the condition has been released by the charity.
However, less than a third of people in Britain were able to name two or more symptoms.
It was also found that people in the South West and East of England had the best knowledge of the high risk symptoms of the condition.
Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, emphasised that bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer.
"Bowel cancer claims a life every 30 minutes in the UK. However, our research shows that a shocking four in ten people claim not to know any of the symptoms," he said.