Bowel Cancer Stories

18
Aug
2010

Let me introduce you to an insidious silent killer.

My name is Russ and I have been a Rotarian for 42 years.  It was 1996 when I was asked to take on the role of District Chairman for Rotary Bowelscan, a project designed to raise community awareness of bowel cancer and encourage early detection.  

With the participation of pharmacies around Australia, Rotary Bowelscan sells test kits designed to detect blood in the stool, which is one of the best early indicators of bowel cancer. 

07
Mar
2019

Since having my two little men, I have come to love the philosophy of ‘listen when your body whispers, before it yells at you’. At the age of 38 I am a proud nurse, I take pride in helping others optimise their health, and my friends will attest that I enjoy sharing my views on healthy living. So when I received my stage 1 bowel cancer diagnosis 6 months ago, to say that I was in a world of shock and disbelief is an understatement.

20
May
2019

My beloved brother Rob was diagnosed with metastatic stage 4 bowel cancer in October 2017, just before his 44th birthday.  His was diagnosed with the disease after having an unusual pain in his abdomen, which led to urgent CT scans.  Rob had surgery and chemotherapy, and sadly lost his life in June 2018, 8 months after diagnosis.

07
Oct
2013

In 2008 I had lap band surgery to help reverse obesity. Since having the surgery, I have had routine blood tests every six months.

Prior to one check-up appointment, I noticed a speck of blood in the toilet so during my consultation with my GP (and after she had written a referral for my bariatric specialist) I told her about the blood in the toilet. Straightaway she added this piece of information to the referral just to be sure.

21
Mar
2016
Over a five year period I noticed changes in my bowel habits. However when I mentioned these to both my GP and neurologist (I have MS), I was told it was due to my MS.

When we moved to Melbourne in 201,3 I visited a new GP. I asked her what she would do if given my symptoms and I didn’t have MS?
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