Carers and loved ones provide unpaid and ongoing care and support to someone they know affected by a temporary or chronic illness or condition.
Although carers and loved ones may find caring for someone rewarding at times, those feelings can change to anger, guilt or exhaustion if the carer forgets to take care of themselves.
Research shows that many of those caring for loved ones with cancer report feeling helpless and overwhelmed, either because they find it hard to see their loved one struggling, they don’t have the medical training required to care for their loved one, or they don’t know how or what to do to help.
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%.
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.
One in three bowel cancer cases in men could be prevented in the next ten years by making certain lifestyle changes, according to new research.
Help Bowel Cancer Australia raise awareness this December.
Registrations are now open for Decembeard® 2018, our annual hair-raising fundraiser that encourages men to grow a beard in the final month of the year (Dec 1 – 31st) as a quirky way to start conversations about bowel cancer and raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia.
Today is World Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the most advanced form of bowel cancer, also known as metastatic colorectal cancer or mCRC.
In 2018, 1.8 million new cases of bowel cancer will be diagnosed globally; 15,253 of those cases will be in Australia.
Of the 862,000 deaths that result due to the disease, 4,346 will be Australian fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters.
Many of these deaths are caused because the cancer is only detected after it has metastasised (spread) to other parts of the body, such as the liver, lungs or peritoneum.