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Bowel cancer is a terrible disease that affects 1 in 12 Australians.

This makes it one of the most common cancers here in Oz.

Bowel cancer basically describes any cancer in your colon or rectum. The colon is more commonly referred to as the large intestine.

There are a few ways to prevent bowel cancer. A couple of these are:

Keeping yourself at a healthy weight

Not smoking and

Exercise

Bowel cancer affects mainly people over 50, so when you do turn 50, you should get checked!


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Though bowel cancer affects many people, it is sometimes detectable and 90% of cases are curable.

Though we don’t know what actually causes bowel cancer, we do know that diet and age can play a big part. Bowel cancer growths start off as non-cancerous growths called polyps. Why polyps grow and why they become cancerous, is what is not known.

Bowel cancer can be hereditary, though. If you’ve had a close family member with the cancer, it is more likely that you will get it.


What if Someone Does Get Bowel Cancer?

Like all cancers, bowel cancer sometimes takes surgery to fix.

For this particular surgery, the surgeon has to remove the part of the colon that is infected and then reconnect the healthy parts.

Sadly, sometimes, it is impossible to reconnect the healthy parts of the colon. If this happens, the surgeon must cut a hole in the patient’s abdomen and then connect the upper end of the large intestine to the hole. Lastly, the other end of the colon is closed up. The opening in the abdomen is called a stoma.

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Did You Know...

Dogs can detect bowel cancer!

Recent studies have shown that dogs can detect bowel cancer just by sniffing the breath of a patient!

Though it is too expensive and not always 100% accurate, dogs detecting cancer can help scientists find the chemical compounds that dogs can detect.


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There are lots of organizations that are devoted to helping bowel cancer research. Bowel Cancer Awareness Week is the 5-11 of June.



What are some side effects of bowel cancer?

Side effects of bowel cancer are fairly common with any surgery. The length and power of the effects vary from person to person, and while you might feel uncomfortable for a few days, painkillers can mostly control the pain. You normally feel weak and tired for a while and you can also experience constipation and diarrhea, two other digestive ailments.



Sources:
Bowel Cancer Awareness Week:
http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=169&Itemid=318

Dogs Can Sniff Out Bowel Cancer | LiveScience, Dog Yawning pic:
http://www.livescience.com/11708-dog-sniffs-bowel-cancer.html

Awareness Week Ribbon:
http://news.injuryboard.com/uploadedimages/InjuryBoardcom_Content/Blogs/News_Blog/News/colorectal_ribbon.jpg

Colorectal Cancer:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorectal_cancer

Healthy Gut pic:
http://www.healthadviceonline.biz/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/healthy-gut.jpg

Lets Beat Bowel Cancer pic:
http://www.cabrini.com.au/cabriniinstitute/tacklingbowelcancer_clip_image002.jpg

Bowel Cancer - Health & Wellbeing:
http://www.abc.net.au/health/library/stories/2005/08/04/1829066.htm

Colon (anatomy) - Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colon_%28anatomy%29

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