I experienced months of significant abdominal pain and generally felt unwell throughout 2016 – 17.
I tried various medications, had abdominal scans and eventually booked a gastroscopy as a private patient.
All tests came back clear but the symptoms worsened.
Bowel cancer in pregnancy is distinct from bowel cancer in the general population.
As the presenting features of bowel cancer can overlap with those of pregnancy itself, pregnant patients typically present with advanced bowel cancer.
This is usually a result of delayed diagnosis, and often leads to a poorer prognosis at diagnosis.
My 43-year-old partner went to his GP with symptoms including bloody stool and severe, painful, persistent and frequent stomach bloating.
The GP did all the tests – prostate examination, blood test, and faecal immunochemical test (FIT).
The FIT revealed elevated levels of a protein, which according to the GP could have meant Crohn’s Disease or early-onset bowel cancer.
Almost half (around 45%) of all Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are women.
1 in 16 Aussie women will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime, at any age.
We’re proud to have female volunteers of all ages sharing their experiences to help raise awareness of bowel cancer and show support for all the kick ass Aussie women currently living with or beyond bowel cancer and help save lives.
Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, after breast cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer deaths in Australian women after lung and breast cancer.
But the good news is that bowel cancer is treatable and beatable if detected early.
That’s why it is so important for Aussie women to be Champions of their own health – to be aware and be active when it comes to bowel cancer.