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Provides information to assist in understanding bowel cancer, including its diagnosis and treatment and support services, having a stoma, and caring for someone with cancer.
A faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a simple test that looks for the early signs of bowel cancer. The test can be done at home and involves taking tiny samples from two separate bowel motions faeces, using a test kit.
Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum. Bowel cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia after non-melanoma skin cancer and prostate cancer. If bowel cancer is detected early, the chance of successful treatment and long-term survival improves significantly.
This fact sheet on surviving cancer is for people who have completed treatment for bowel cancer. It explains why follow-up appointments are important and possible effects from treatment.
Brochure provides information about the colonoscopy procedure and is produced by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia.
The NSW Bowel Cancer Report Card details the burden of bowel cancer in NSW, and highlights the importance of early detection and screening to prevent bowel cancer by finding changes that can be treated before they become cancerous. The site also highlights measures that can be taken to improve the current status of bowel cancer, including how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer through positive lifestyle changes.
Bowel cancer is also known as colorectal cancer. It is the second biggest cancer killer in Australia. More than 3,600 Victorian men and women get it each year, and more than 1,350 die from it. Over 90% of bowel cancers can be cured if found early. Fact sheets translated into different languages, i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Filipino, Tagalog/Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Khmer, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Somalian, Tigrinya, Turkish, Vietnamese.
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