Bowel Cancer Stories

From 2010 until 2015, I was using the Lion’s Club Bowel Test kits, and the results were clear. I usually have blood tests for my six-monthly medicals with my GP. In October 2015, on my 78th birthday, my GP decided to include a stool test with my blood tests.
"Whilst I have a way to go before I can say I'm cancer free, I reckon things are looking pretty rosy."
Back in October 2014, I received what I now refer to as my "gift pack" for turning 50 from the Victorian Government.

I decided to visit my GP to discuss the kit in more detail. I had experienced intermittent rectal bleeding along with loose bowel movements so my GP organised a colonoscopy to determine the health of my bowel. During the procedure a low rectal polypoid was discovered and a subsequent biopsy confirmed a cancerous tumour.

I was 28 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2011.

I’d had rectal bleeding, changed bowel habits and stomach pain for a while but had put off investigating the symptoms – I was living in China at the time so I figured it was either an intestinal infection that I couldn't seem to shake or a reaction to something I’d eaten. 


My name is Bob and I'm 76 years old. I’m what some people call a cancer survivor.

Actually, I’ve survived cancer twice.
In September 2006 after many tests and scans, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I started radiation treatment seven months later, which included 35 treatments over seven weeks.

My message to anyone out there reading this would be to stay positive and keep moving forward. Despite what I’ve been through I feel better now than I have in a long time. Prior to my diagnosis, I hadn’t been feeling well for some time. A driving holiday to Melbourne prompted me to see a doctor. I was fine sitting down but as soon as I stood up I had to rush to a toilet.

Back in Sydney my GP sent me off for blood tests and a CT scan. The results showed my tumour markers were up so things were not looking good. After a CT scan and MRI, a specialist performed a colonoscopy at the end of May 2011 and confirmed I had a Stage three rectal tumour.

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