Bowel cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer. From 15th October to 19th October local medical practice, Providence Medical Warners Bay is doing its part to raise awareness and funds to help fight bowel cancer. With so many lives being affected including two of Providence Medicals own Doctor’s wives, who have recently been diagnosed and are undergoing treatment. With one of the lovely wives’ being only 32 years old, cancer does not discriminate.
During 15th – 19th October, Providence Medical Warners Bay will be running several initiatives to help raise funds and awareness for bowel cancer including:
- Providing free bowel cancer testing
- Lucky dip — patients can donate $5 to pick a prize, all funds going towards Bowel Cancer Australia
- Bowel Cancer Awareness Morning tea-being held on October 15th at 10am — $2 donation to attend
What is bowel cancer?
Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, can affect any part of the large bowel (colon) or rectum; it may also be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer is located.
Who can get bowel cancer?
Bowel cancer affects men and women, young and old.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world; 1 in 13 Australians will develop the disease in their lifetime.
Around 30% people who develop bowel cancer have either a hereditary contribution, family history or a combination of both. The other 70% of people have no family history of the disease and no hereditary contribution.
The risk of developing bowel cancer rises sharply and progressively from age 50, but the number of Australians under age 50 diagnosed with bowel cancer has been increasingly steadily. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of bowel cancer and have them investigated if they persist for more than two weeks.
Bowel cancer symptoms
Any of the below symptoms could be indicative of bowel or rectal cancer and should be investigated by your GP if they persist for more than two weeks.
- Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
- A recent, persistent change in bowel habit, especially if severe (including diarrhoea, constipation or the feeling of incomplete emptying)
- A change in the shape or appearance of bowel movements (e.g., more narrow than usual)
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Pain or a lump in the anus or rectum
- Unexplained anaemia
- A feeling that the bowel has not emptied completely after a bowel movement
Almost 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully when detected early.
Free bowel testing for over 50s
Did you know: Over 50s can have a free bowel test anytime?
You simply need a referral from your doctor, and the test is free. Book now, call 4989 3400.
You can also pick up a DIY bowel test kit at the practice too!
Join us at our Bowel Cancer Awareness Morning Tea
When: Monday October 15th at 10am
Where: Providence Medical Warners Bay
472 The Esplanade
Phone: 4989 3400
Donate to Bowel Cancer Australia
Bowel Cancer Australia