Know Your Risks
Knowing your family history of bowel cancer might save your life.
By building a family tree of close relatives with details of their medical history, you may create awareness of the hereditary risk of bowel cancer.
After you have recorded relevant family history, it is recommended that you discuss this with your GP, no matter your age, so you can receive medical advice for your situation.
Check Your Symptoms
We often hear of people whose diagnosis of bowel cancer has been delayed because they did not think their symptoms were serious and they did not visit the GP.
Often the symptoms of bowel cancer can be vague such as; bloating, cramping or unexplained feelings of tiredness, breathlessness or lack of energy. In fact, in some instances, there may be no symptoms at all.
Refer to the Symptoms page below to be fully aware and knowledgeable about your body.
1. NATIONAL BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM
If you’re aged between 50-74 you may be eligible for the free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Go to the Bowel Cancer Screening page for more information.
Bowel screening tests are available from a range of pharmacies for $42.00.
3. General Practitioner
Speak to your GP if you have any questions or concerns. Don’t be shy.