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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Lynch Syndrome

    I am 22 years old. Since I was about 16 years old I’ve always had fairly bad stomach pains which a lot of the time landed me in Emergency. I was always brushed off as either having female issues or anxiety.

    Nearly three years ago my dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer in which they found out he also had Lynch Syndrome. He lost his battle a year ago.

    In the last 8 months I’ve noticed I’m either becoming extremely constipated (for more than 5 days at a time) or diarrhoea. Last week, I noticed blood as well (waking up in a massive amount of it, not just going to the toilet). I went to Emergency three times in the last month and each time was told it was female issues. I’m becoming extremely stressed as the wait list for a colonoscopy is at least 6 months unless I can find the money for private.

    I’m sick of getting brushed off seeing as my family and genetic history isn’t looking that positive. I’m not sure how to push for more investigations. What should I do?
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