Bowel cancer can often develop without any warnings signs, but there are things you can look out for.
Signs or symptoms something might be wrong
- A persistent change in bowel habit, especially going to the toilet more often or having looser, more diarrhoea-like movements for several weeks.
- Blood in the bowel movement or rectal bleeding.
- A change in appearance of bowel movements.
- Unexplained anaemia causing tiredness or weight loss.
- A lump or swelling in your abdomen.
Certain medical conditions and some foods and medicines can also cause these symptoms to occur, but if you are experiencing any of the above, see your GP immediately
Don't wait until it's too late.
Symptoms suggestive of bowel cancer require further investigation via colonoscopy within 30 days.
Where to go for help
Bowel Cancer Australia Bowel Care Nurses
If you are worried about any aspect of bowel cancer, please don't hesitate to contact one of Bowel Cancer Australia’s friendly Bowel Care Nurses.
Alternatively, call Bowel Cancer Australia's Helpline on 1800 555 494 (9am-5pm weekdays).
Bowel Cancer Australia website
Visit the Bowel Cancer Australia website for helpful resources about prevention and early detection, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options and tools for living with and beyond bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer Australia online community
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