Bowel Cancer Australia is calling on Federal, State and Territory governments to increase funding for colonoscopies to reduce wait-times to 30 days and minimise patient distress and anxiety.
The call comes in the wake of independently analysed interim-results of Bowel Cancer Australia’s My Colonoscopy Experience, to mark the 2019 Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late campaign.
More than 1,400 Australians participated in the national survey – the first of its kind – addressing the patient experience before, during and after a colonoscopy procedure.
I was diagnosed at 36 in 2012 with a 10cm tumor in my rectum. Unbelievably, there was NO pain or discomfort and no visible bleeding.
Over the last 15 months I have learned many life lessons during this chapter of my life. Most of all, I have learned to put my health first and not to procrastinate because it may be embarrassing or require change. Just because it’s your normal, doesn’t mean it is normal. If you don’t feel right, it never hurts to have a conversation.
The year 2012 I turned 40 and I thought the year was going to be one of my best years. I have two beautiful daughters who at the time were 4 years and 2 1/2 years old. I started feeling very tired every day. I just put it down to having young children and being a busy mum/wife. I had low iron for many years too so I thought it must have been that as well.