Well June shapes up to have a lot of topics that focus on various health awareness issues but for now, the spot light will be on
Bowel Cancer Awareness
Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer and claims the lives of 101 Australians every week (5,255 people a year) – but it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.
While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.
293 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,206 people a year)
Common symptoms of bowel cancer include:
- A recent, persistent change in bowel habit
Such as looser, more diarrhoea-like poo, constipation, or going to the toilet more often, or trying to go – irregularity in someone whose bowel habits have previously been regular
- A change in shape or appearance of your poo
For example, narrower poos than usual or mucus in poo
- Blood in your poo or rectal bleeding
Bright red or very dark blood should never be ignored
- Frequent gas pain, cramps
A feeling of fullness or bloating in the bowel or rectum
- Unexplained anaemia – A low red blood count causing tiredness, weakness or weight loss
- A feeling that the bowel has not emptied completely after going to the toilet
- Pain or a lump in the anus or rectum
- Abdominal pain or swelling
Not everyone experiences symptoms, particularly in the early stages of bowel cancer. The above symptoms may be suggestive of bowel cancer, but they can also be due to other medical conditions, some foods or medicines.
Don’t delay in talking to your GP if you are experiencing any of the described symptoms for two weeks or more, because when diagnosed early almost 99 percent of cases can be successfully treated.
Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding should never be ignored.
Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 15 June 2022) is Bowel Cancer Australia’s Annual Giving Day, when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of the charity.
If you’ve ever thought about raising funds and awareness for bowel cancer, then Red Apple Day is the time to do it!
To find out ways you can support/contribute and learn more see the links below;