Bowel cancer can develop without the person experiencing any symptoms, and an alarming one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.
What is a bowel screening test?
Bowel screening tests detect blood in your bowel movement which is a common sign of bowel abnormalities. It is important to realise that screening tests do NOT test for cancer, merely abnormalities in your bowel. If the result of your bowel screening test is positive you will be advised to contact your GP to discuss the result. In this instance, you may be referred for a follow-up colonoscopy.
Where to get a screening test
Bowel cancer symptoms
Unfortunately, many people do not experience any bowel cancer symptoms until the cancer has become more advanced or spread to other parts of their bodies. No matter how old you are, you should speak to your doctor right away if you experience any of the following:
A healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce your bowel cancer risk. Some preventions methods include:
Bowel Cancer Facts & Risk Factors
If you would like more information about the bowel screening tests or bowel cancer, make an appointment with your doctor or visit the Bowel Cancer Australia website.