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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What if i see the symptoms of bowel cancer?

    When I go to the toilet I have difficulty because my poo is rock hard and then I wipe my bottom with tissue and look at it and I can see blood.

    What does this mean?
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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

    There are a number of symptoms that can relate to Bowel Cancer and to other issues related to the bowel.

    The current symptoms you have identified can also be related to being constipated, often due to being dehydrated.

    It is important that you see your GP about your current symptoms as soon as possible to identify the cause of these symptoms in order to have the appropriate screening performed. 

    Please see the below link which outlines Bowel Cancer symptoms -

    We hope this helps to answer your questions. 

    Please feel free to contact us anytime for individualised advice at: 

    Bowel Cancer Australia Nutrition Adviser - 

    OR Bowel Cancer Australia Nurse Adviser - 

    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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    Dr Tom Xinyi Zhou


    Dr Tom Zhou is a specialist Gastroenterologtist. His specialist interests include Endoscopy, Colonosocopy, Liver diseases and Colon cancer screening. Dr Tom Zhou completed his Medical … View Profile

    The symptoms you described do not necessarily mean bowel cancer. More commonly it is caused by haemorrhoids and local trauma to the rectum and anus. Without knowing other background information and risk factors such as your age, family history, recent change in bowel habit, weight loss etc, it is hard to further assess your risk.

    If you are concerned you should see your family doctor. Most definitive test to rule out bowel cancer would be a colonosocpy.

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