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.
Men prone to binge-watching their favorite TV shows may want to take note of the results of a new study. It revealed that such behavior could increase their risk of colorectal cancer.
Researchers suggest that more than 4 hours of TV daily could increase men's colorectal cancer risk.
Researchers provide further evidence that vitamin D may protect against cancer, after finding that people from Japan had a lower risk of the disease when they had higher levels of the "sunshine vitamin."
The results of the study — which is one of the first to investigate the link between vitamin D levels and cancer risk in an Asian population — were recently published in The BMJ.
Recent studies have shown that bowel cancer rates are increasing in Australia. In fact, people born in the 1990’s have twice the risk of being diagnosed with bowel cancer, and four times the risk of getting rectal cancer compared with those born in the 1950’s had at the same age.
This means that it’s critical for you to be aware of bowel cancer symptoms, so that you can report them to your GP or specialist as soon as you notice them.
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.
DELAYS in bowel cancer testing is putting lives at risk. Australia’s $52 million bowel cancer screening program is being stymied because participants who return a positive test have to wait a dangerously long time for a colonoscopy.
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.
Being told at 22 that you have cancer is something you think would never happen to you. I still remember the exact spot I was sitting when I got the phone call of my biopsy results. I didn't know then, but it would take months for me to realize the full impact of what it means to "have cancer". Being at the age and maturity level I was - I handled it surprisingly well. I was in shock, but I didn't quite have all the facts and that one question was lingering in the back of my mind - had it spread?
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.