Bowel Cancer Australia are challenging women to make their health and
wellbeing a priority and take up a healthy habit or kick a bad one
this September to reduce their bowel cancer risk.

The estimate is that the incidence of bowel cancer in Australia could
be reduced by 75% through changes to diet and activity. The latest
evidence on modifiable risk factors for bowel cancer is available at [1]

The top five tips to help Be Well about Bowel cancer are:

Be Well. Be informed about the facts:

  • one in fifteen women will develop bowel cancer 
  • bowel cancer affects women of all ages 
  • almost a half (45%) of all Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer
  • are women 
  • risks are a family history of bowel cancer, aged over 50 years, a
  • history of bowel polyps, ulcerative colitis or Crohns disease 

Be Well. Be Vigilant and follow-up symptoms:

  • Not everyone will have symptoms and not everyone experiencing the
  • common symptoms of bowel cancer will have cancer. It is important to
  • recognize possible bowel cancer symptoms and have investigations if
  • the symptoms persists more than two weeks. 
  • a change of bowel habit 
  • blood in the stool or rectal bleeding 
  • frequent cramps, a feeling of fullness in the bowel or rectum 
  • a feeling the bowel has not emptied completely after a bowel motion 
  • unexplained anaemia 
  • rectal or anal pain or a lump 
  • abdominal pain or swelling 

Be Well. Be Knowledgeable about your family history

Be Well. Be Conscious of your diet and exercise

Be well. Undertake Screening and surveillance

Guidelines recommend screening for bowel cancer every 1 to 2 years
using a bowel cancer screening test ( Faecal Occult Blood) from the
age of 50 years. regular screening may be recommended for younger
people who have a positive family history of polyps or bowel cancer,
who have a history of polyps themselves or Crohns disease or
ulcerative colitis. ( see [2] for more
details or discuss with you GP)

The Bowel Cancer App ( Princeton Publishing) is available to provide
information about bowel cancer, its prevention, diagnosis and
management. The App can also help you recognize signs and symptoms of
bowel cancer, set up annual screening reminders, video on bowel
cancer, how to perform FOB tests and colonoscopy preparation.



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