Changes to your bowels, such as colour, presence of blood, consistency and appearance can all be indicators of bowel cancer.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, where 1 in 13 will develop the disease in their lifetime. So it’s important to get to know the signs to help early treatment.
Other signs and symptoms include tummy pain, weight loss and feeling tired with no apparent reason.
If you are concerned about these symptoms it is important that you seek medical help. Diagnosis usually includes blood tests and a colonoscopy which is a camera that is inserted through the back passage by a specialist.
Treatment is on an individual basis but could include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Bowel cancer screening is available for those over 50 and includes sending a stool sample to the laboratory for analysis. By 2020 Australia will have a Bowel Cancer Screening programme for every 2 years for those aged between 50-74.
If you have any further questions or are concerned by any symptoms, come by and see me in clinic.
It is estimated that in Australia there will be over 1000 new cases of Ovarian cancer in 2018. Ovarian cancer happens when the cells in one or both of the ovaries become abnormal and change into cancer.
The symptoms of Ovarian cancer can overlap with other less serious health problems. But there are four types of symptoms that occur most frequently: - abdominal or pelvic pain
- persistent bloating
- needing to urinate frequently
- feeling full after eating small amounts
Other symptoms to be aware of are:
- change in bowel habit
- unexplained weight gain or weightloss
- irregular bleeding
- back pain
- pain during intercourse.
Treatment is best managed by a gynaecologist and may include chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
If you are concerned or have any of the above symptoms, come and see me in clinic today for a check up.
Skin Cancer Checks | Dermatology Workshop by Australasian College of Dermatologists
Did you know that 1 in 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85?.. Well, roll up your sleeves and join me as we go to the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ GP Practical Dermoscopy Course.
4 Months online learning
8 Hour face to face workshop
2 hour exam
Learn all about skin examinations, getting patient history, skin lesions, using a dermoscope and suturing techniques for various skin cancer types.
I love Brisbane, and I love dermoscopy, the course is great for someone like me who has to work full-time, so e-learning is the way to go, and I am so pleased to be able to now be accredited to diagnose and manage skin cancer.