Bowel Cancer Stories


I was 29 years old when I was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer.

A happily married mum of two young children, I was enjoying a carefree life.

I’d been experiencing a range of odd symptoms for the past twelve months and decided to see my doctor after not being able to kick a simple cold virus.


I'm Mallory. I was diagnosed one year ago with stage three colon cancer. Prior to diagnosis I was experiencing anaemia, blood in stools, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fatigue.


I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 24 years old, just before I was due to leave for Europe with a group of girlfriends after finishing university.

I had experienced some bleeding from my rectum only one week prior to this time, but at the time I really wasn’t too fussed about getting it looked at because I was so excited about my European adventure, and because of my age.


I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007 at the age of 50.

I had been noticing changes in my bowel habits for some time but it wasn’t until my abdomen was severely distended and I lost the use of my bowels that I was admitted to hospital.

I was on holiday in Port Douglas at the time, so I was taken to Mossman Hospital.


My husband performed his BowelScreen test in April 2013 and the results came back two weeks later informing him he had a positive result. 

Our GP organised for my husband to see a specialist and he was referred for a colonoscopy in May, which located a bowel tumour immediately.

We were initially told it was a low grade stage III cancer of the bowel. After six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy it was considered a stage II bowel cancer.

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