Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer or colon cancer, is cancer in any part of the colon or rectum. Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.
Common symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
- A recent, persistent change in bowel habit
- A change in shape or appearance of bowel movements
- Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
- Frequent gas pain, cramps
- A feeling that the bowel has not emptied completely after a bowel movement
- Unexplained anaemia or low iron levels
- Rectal/anal pain or a lump in the rectum/anus
- Abdominal pain or swelling.
Not everyone experiences symptoms, particularly in the early stages of bowel cancer. The above symptoms may be suggestive of bowel cancer, but they can also be due to other medical conditions, some foods or medicines.
Don’t delay in talking to your GP at PVH Medical if you are experiencing any of the described symptoms for two weeks or more. When diagnosed early 90% of cases can be successfully treated.
In particular, blood in the stool or rectal bleeding should never be ignored.
Celebrating Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June. It aims to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 20 June 2018), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon (incorporating the apple pin) and apple-themed fundraising activities.
You can also help fight this disease by spreading the word or making a donation.
There is also a free bowel cancer app that you can download from your app store. It provides easy access to accurate information about bowel cancer, its prevention, diagnosis and management.
Got questions or concerns? We can help
If you have any questions about bowel cancer, or any symptoms, we can help. The sooner you see us the better.
Make a booking today with one of our friendly doctors. You can book online, on Facebook, on the Appointuit app or by calling 9304 0500.
Source: Bowel Cancer Australia
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.