June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Published at: 30 May 2019
It is time to save the date because June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
The month is a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer.
Various groups and organisations will spend the month raising funds for the community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
There are several signs and symptoms of bowel cancer to look out for.
These include blood in the bowel movement or rectal bleeding; a persistent change in bowel habit, such as looser, more diarrhoea-like bowel movements, constipation, or smaller more frequent bowel movements; unexplained anaemia causing tiredness or weight loss and/or abdominal pain, especially if severe.
People can reduce their risk at developing bowel cancer by participating in bowel screening according to individual level of risk determined by factors such as age and family history; avoid processed meats and limit red meat consumption; be physically active as part of everyday life; quit smoking; if you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount; avoid weight gain and increases in waist circumference; and eat whole grains and naturally high-fibre foods.
For more information about Bowel Cancer Awareness Month visit the Bowel Cancer Australia website