Thank you very much for your enquiry.
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 it is very important you discuss them with your doctor.
Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.
If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Nurse Adviser we'd be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individualised response and advice.
You can send your questions to us using the web form available at http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=305&Itemid=305.
In the meantime you may also be interested to read some of the information available on the Bowel Cancer Australia website including:
•Bowel Cancer: Tests and Investigations - http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147&Itemid=300
• Bowel Cancer: Symptoms
We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.
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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