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When I was diagnosed with bowel cancer on 23 June 2011, I didn’t even ask what stage the cancer was at – I just wanted to know what I had to do to fight it.

My initial symptoms were rectal bleeding, a change of bowel habit and stomach pain. Eighteen months prior, I had started bleeding and had a colonoscopy which showed nothing. The last colonoscopy five years prior to that had showed a polyp and an unknown growth, neither of which were diagnosed as a cancer. There is no family history of bowel cancer on either side of my family either.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
Motivated by his daughter's bowel cancer journey, BCA supporter David decided to take on a challenge of his own – to cycle from Port Augusta (SA) to Darwin (NT)!
"Two years ago my daughter who was 35 at the time was operated on for bowel cancer, the operation was a complete success and to date she is living a normal life."
With an old army friend by his side, and support crew in toe, the two 65 year olds cycled an amazing 2723 kilometres while raising much needed awareness and funds for bowel cancer. Warmest thanks David, George, Tony and Jean. What an amazing trip and fabulous fundraising effort!
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007. Ironically, I had just given up smoking and was trying to get fit. I was even riding my bike to work for exercise but I was feeling more and more tired. That’s when I knew something was wrong.
Three months prior to my diagnosis, I had been experiencing stomach pains and eventually I ended up in the emergency department of hospital. The doctors there thought I had Crohn’s disease and arranged for me to have a CT scan. That’s when they discovered the tumour. It was Stage 3 with some lymph node involvement but luckily it hadn’t spread to any other organs. Two weeks later I had a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy followed by chemotherapy three weeks later.
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