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27th June 2022 Bowel Cancer

Time to talk poo for bowel cancer awareness

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Do you know the symptoms of bowel cancer?

It is largely to do with your poo and poo habits. (Although not everyone experiences symptoms.)

It is also important at any age! The number of young adults with bowel cancer is increasing, accounting for 1 in 10 of all cases in Australia.ย 

Have you recently had a consistent change in poo habits?

๐Ÿงป more diarrhoea-like poo
๐Ÿ˜ฌ constipation
๐Ÿšฝ going to the toilet more often
๐Ÿฅต trying to go but can’t.

Has the shape or appearance of your poo changed?

๐ŸŸค narrower poos than usual
โšช mucus in your poo
๐Ÿ”ด blood in your poo.

Have you experienced any other issues on a regular basis?

๐Ÿ˜ณ bleeding from your anus or rectum
๐Ÿ’จ frequent gas pain or cramps
๐Ÿ˜ a feeling of fullness or bloating
๐Ÿšฝ a full poo feeling even after going to the toilet
๐ŸงŽโ€โ™€๏ธ unexplained anaemia (a low red blood count causing tiredness or weight loss)
โ˜น pain or a lump in the anus or rectum.

Make an appointment with your GP if you’ve had any of these symptoms for two weeks or more. When diagnosed early, 98% of cases can be successfully treated.

Important note: Blood in your poo or rectal bleeding should never be ignored.

WATCH this light-hearted view of some of the symptoms to look out for:

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