Thank you for your question about IBS and bowel cancer.
Although IBS, in itself, is not a precursor for bowel cancer - personal health history can increase your risk of developing bowel cancer, in particular a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis) or if you have previously had bowel cancer (or polyps).
As a long time sufferer of IBS it would be recommended that you talk with your GP about your bowel cancer risk and the best screening options for your individual health circumstances.
More information on risk factors for bowel cancer is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website at Bowel Cancer: Risk Factors - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142&Itemid=291
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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