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    Could I have bowel cancer?

    Suffer flatulence and burping, feel nauseous, tummy very rumbly. Bowel never feels empty, always passing wind, (both ends)especially when in bed. Little diarrhea every 10 days or so. Always tired.
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    The symptoms you have described could be due to a number of different reasons. I suggest that you follow up with your GP so they can examine you and take a full history which will take into account your family history, age and the physical symptoms you have described.

    Symptoms of bowel cancer 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 (ie. 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


    If you have any of these symptoms, it does not mean that you have bowel cancer, but as mentioned earlier, it is very important you discuss them with your doctor.

    You might also be interested in looking at the symptoms information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia Website:

    Kind Regards,
    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.

    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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