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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do I have bowel cancer?

    I was had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis 5 years ago. In the past I have been able to get my symptoms under control with medication, however each time the disease returns the pain and discomfort is worse. Now every time I eat about an hour later I am doubled over in pain, along with diarrohea.
    I know I should have a follow up colonoscopy, but is there any hurry?
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for you enquiry.It is difficult to know if your symptoms are due to a deterioration of the Ulcerative Colitis or a different cause. Either way, I advise that you do get a follow up colonoscopy if you are experiencing an increase in pain and diarrhoea. I think you should do this as soon as possible because if there is something more serious going on the sooner you act the better your outcome. Obviously you must be feeling very uncomfortable and I am sure your treating Doctor will want to help you get these symptoms under control and find out what is causing this flare up.Good luck and I hope this helps.

    Should you be interested in doing some further reading:

    More information on risk factors for bowel cancer is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website at Bowel Cancer: Risk Factors - and more information on bowel cancer symptoms is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website at Bowel Cancer: Symptoms -
    Kind regards,Fiona
    Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser

    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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  • jtmadonna

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    Thank you for response. I have now got a referral back to my gastroentorologist from my GP.

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