Tagged: #change in bowel habit

20
Oct
2010

I successfully beat prostate cancer in 2007 so being diagnosed with bowel cancer so soon after came as a real shock.

I did the Rotary bowel cancer test (FOBT) in March 2009 and the results were negative. But later that year, my bowel habits began to change – mainly increased urgency and frequency – and when I twice noticed blood in my stools I decided to take the FOBT again. This time the results were positive.

I was overseas when the results came through in April 2010 so I talked to my GP in Australia over the phone and he recommended that I see a GP in England as soon as possible.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
22
Sep
2010

Unlike many people, I had a lot of symptoms before I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.  

I saw my doctor many times about the ongoing pains in my stomach, back and bottom and the mucous in my bowel motions but was told I was probably suffering emotional strain or irritable bowel syndrome.  

I was given blood tests but they never revealed anything significant.  It felt like doctors gave me the run-around for nearly a year until I finally found one who took me seriously. 

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
17
Jun
2010

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007 at the age of 50.

I had been noticing changes in my bowel habits for some time but it wasn’t until my abdomen was severely distended and I lost the use of my bowels that I was admitted to hospital.

I was on holiday in Port Douglas at the time, so I was taken to Mossman Hospital.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
2010

On 24 January 2010, The Sunday Mail in Queensland ran an article on celebrity health; I was going to turn the page until I saw Lara Bingle in a bikini!

Being a true Aussie bloke, I decided the article needed a closer look and found myself reading a genuinely interesting story.  

In 2004, I had experienced a serious change in bowel habits and occasional stomach pains but, like many, I just put it down to work stress. I would also feel very tired and shaky and get the sweats after only a couple of hours work in the garden.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
09
Jun
2010

I’d had rectal bleeding and unusual bowel habits for six to eight weeks before going to see my GP in 2008. I was 60 at the time. My GP gave me an internal examination but found nothing. Nonetheless, he was insistent that I see a specialist and made the call while I sat in his surgery, getting me an appointment for the very next day. 

I had a colonoscopy within the week and was diagnosed with stage III bowel cancer.  I had a CT scan the next day, then an ultrasound for tumour staging.

Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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