If 35-year-old Emily Tindal had been eligible for Australia’s free bowel cancer screening test kit (FOBT), chances are she might have used it and would not be battling the bowel cancer that threatens her life today. In May this year, three months after her third child was born, Emily thought she was having an asthma
Colon cancer (also referred to as colorectal cancer or bowel cancer) is the third most common cancer worldwide and is characterised by the presence of cancerous tumours in the colon or rectum. This form of cancer typically starts with little polyps which can become cancerous if not removed from the wall of the colon. To
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Bowel cancer develops in the small and large bowel of the digestive system in your body. The risk of bowel cancer development is most common in the LARGE BOWEL – caecum, ascending colon, transverse colon and descending colon, sigmoid colon as well as rectum. According to the Cancer Council, preventing bowel cancer may be attributed
If you’re worried about bowel or colorectal cancer you should see your general practitioner (GP) for advice and health care. If he or she believes it’s warranted, your doctor may refer you to a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon who will perform a colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer is usually slow-growing (1) and often no symptoms are evident
If your doctor has referred you for a medical test to find out what is going on inside your body, there are things to know and information about endoscopy procedures you will need. You will also need information about preparing for an endoscopy and the risks involved. What is endoscopy? Endoscopy allows your gastroenterologist to
If your General Practitioner (GP or Family Doctor) has referred you to a gastroenterologist you can go with the one the doctor suggests or choose the one who might suit you best. So ask for a list of specialists you can research and choose which one you want to consult. To help you make the
Cancer has the potential of being one of the most preventable cancers if detected early through screening, according to Cancer Australia(1). Early-stage detection to improve cancer patients’ chances of survival was highlighted on this year’s World Cancer Day 2019 with the ‘I Am and I Will’ theme.
Health worker Elise Nichols’ life changed in September last year when her doctor left a message on her phone asking her to go to his surgery that day.
With new statistics revealing long waiting lists across the country, including Melbourne, are continuing to grow, Bowel Cancer Australia is calling on the Federal and State Governments to increase funding for more colonoscopies.
While Australian guidelines suggest bowel cancer screening should start at age 50, in the United States, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has changed their guidelines for those at average risk to age 45 for bowel cancer testing to begin.
A gastroenterologist from NSW believes ‘risky’ polyps in the colon that is related to what causes bowel cancer or bowel problems could be more common than experts think.
A recent survey carried out in NSW by the Cancer Institute showed that a massive 40 percent of participants were “too busy” to do the simple home screening bowel cancer test that is mailed to them, a potentially life saving test which is not exactly a fun thing to do, but is nevertheless over with in a few minutes, and simply mailed back.
The extreme shock of hearing of a positive test result for bowel cancer following a colonoscopy forexample, would be lessened perhaps if learning it had been caught in the early stages.
An art exhibit from Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) was recently used to spread awareness about bowel cancer. As well as to spread awareness about screening tests for bowel cancer.
It’s been found that bowel cancer can develop without the presence of obvious known symptoms. Therefore if you’re someone at risk of developing the disease, it’s essential that you undergo bowel cancer screening.
Recent research has shown that rates of bowel cancer is increasing amongst young and middle aged people.
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.
A new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has been brought into the spotlight by Cancer Council Victoria shows that prolonged sitting at work increases your risk of bowel cancer by 44%.
Bowel cancer or colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is the process of detecting early-stage CRCs and precancerous lesions in asymptomatic people with no prior history of cancer or lesions.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) lives in around 50 per cent of humans. The bacteria is classified as a class 1 carcinogen in Australia, meaning it has been proven to cause cancer.
Early in our blog we looked at a number of different aspects of Bowel Cancer; with a healthy appreciation for the alarming rates of Australian’s suffering from this disease, we think its high-time we rolled these out again for a fresh look! Not only is it one of the leading types of cancer across the world.
As Bowel Cancer Australia’s annual initiative to raise public awareness, this month (June 1 – 30) is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month!
As Bowel Cancer Australia’s annual initiative to raise public awareness, this month (June 1 – 30) is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month! Packed with loads of information and opportunities to get involved, visiting the following websites is a must!
Gastrointestinal disorders such as Fructose and Lactose intolerances are in fact more common than you might think, which is why testing, diagnosing and treating these ailments is also much easier than you might think.
Gastroscopy/Endoscopy - A simple and effective means to assess symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, reflux, difficulty swallowing or weight loss, by inserting a small camera through the mouth to get a clear view of the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine.
Although we can’t control all aspects of what contributes to the development of bowel cancer, we can take several steps to reduce the risks!
Bowel cancer is a concerning prospect for any person, and is one of the leading types of cancer across the world. One in 12 people will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime in Australia.