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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Have I got bowel cancer?

    I have had blood on the toilet paper for about a year now, I don't think it is on the stool it's self but in the last couple of Weeks I have been throwing up and getting pain going up my bum when I go, especially when I'm wiping and it makes me feel sick. It is also very runny and very thin and not much comes out at a time.I feel like there's more in there but it won't come out if some one could please tell me if this sounds like bowl cancer or something else
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  • Christine

    HealthShare Member

    The best way to answer this question is to see your doctor and have a colonoscopy,  I've just had one and its not scary or anything to be fearful of.  You would get an answer shortly after.  Best of luck.

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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 about the symptoms you have been experiencing.
    Possible signs of bowel cancer include a change in bowel habit or blood in the stool.

    Other bowel cancer symptoms can include:

    • A recent, persistent change in bowel habit to looser, more diarrhoea-like motions, going to the toilet more often, or trying to go (i.e. irregularity in someone whose bowels have previously been regular)
    • Blood (either bright red or very dark) in the stool
    • Diarrhoea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
    • Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness or cramps
    • Stools that are narrower than usual
    • A lump or mass in your tummy
    • Weight loss for no known reason
    • Persistent, severe abdominal pain, which has come on recently for the first time
    • (especially in an older age group)
    • Feeling very tired
    • Vomiting
    If you have any of these symptoms, it does not mean that you have bowel cancer, but it is very important you make an appiontment to discuss them with your doctor ASAP. 
    PLEASE REMEMBER: However old you are, you should never be told by your doctor that you are too young to have bowel cancer.  Whilst bowel cancer is more common in people aged 50+, bowel cancer increasingly affects all age groups.  If you have higher-risk symptoms, do not accept ‘you’re too young to have bowel cancer' as an explanation for your symptoms - ask your doctor to be referred for further investigations.
    Information taken from the Bowel Cancer Australia website
    More information on bowel cancer symptoms is available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website at Bowel Cancer: Symptoms -

    Kind Regards,
    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.
    Bowel Cancer Australia, its directors, officers or medical professionals shall not be liable to any person, company or any other body for any loss, direct or indirect or consequential on whatsoever account for any omission or negligent misstatement.

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    Dr Simon Benstock


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

    ANY bleeding from the anus warrants investigation, particularly if over 40. There are other new symptoms as well so a colonoscopy is very important to make sure there are no potentially sinister findings.
    It may not be cancer, but of course you should be checked by your GP, and then your specialist.

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