The anxiety that can accompany a bowel cancer diagnosis has the potential to be overwhelming.
For some, that feeling can remain throughout treatment and beyond.
While most people with cancer experience symptoms of anxiety, up to 30% will experience clinically significant anxiety; depression rates among cancer patients range from 20 – 35%.
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Bowel cancer may not be the first thing that springs to mind for your typical teenager but for a group of students from the St Leonard’s College, it was a desire to bring the school community together to champion a significant cause affecting thousands of Australians which saw them plan a week of activities culminating in a head shave.
As a self-proclaimed fitness freak, James wasn’t overly concerned when he noticed blood in his stools at the age of 40.
His doctor also dismissed the symptoms, telling James he was “too young and too fit” for it to be cancer.
But when the bleeding persisted, James decided to seek a second opinion because he had so much to live for.