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    Is there a difference between bowel, colorectal and colon cancer?

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    Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We ... View Profile

    Thank you for your question.

    Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) includes cancer of the colon (colon cancer) and cancer of the rectum (rectal cancer).

    For further information on bowel cancer terms visit the What is Bowel cancer? page on the Bowel Cancer Australia website - and/or the Jargon Buster page on the Bowel Cancer Australia website -

    You may also like to refer to the existing Healthshare answer for the question What is bowel cancer (also known as colorectal or colon cancer)? -

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    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

    Please Note: The information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only.  It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.
    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.
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  • Dr Simon Benstock




    Dr Simon Benstock completed his advanced training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Prince of Wales and St Vincent’s hospitals in Sydney. His major interests are ... View Profile

    These are all the same. The colon and large bowel are the same.

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