Colorectal Cancer

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer involving the large bowel. This is a common condition which can affect approximately 5% of the Australian population.


As with many medical conditions, colorectal cancer has multiple causes. These causes include genetic factors as well as environmental factors.

If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, your risk is higher. This is especially the case if there are multiple relatives affected, or if a relative developed cancer when they were younger than 50 years of age.


Certain factors in your environment can also affect your risk. These aspects include a low-fibre diet that is high in animal fats, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Common symptoms associated with colorectal cancer include a change in bowel habit and the passage of blood mixed with stool. Other, less common symptoms include weight loss and abdominal pain. If you are concerned about any symptoms or risk factors, consult your GP. Your GP might suggest a referral to Coast Colorectal in certain circumstances.


If you are experiencing colorectal cancer and would like to know more about the relevant procedures at Coast Colorectal we have listed some information about these below.

Laparoscopic Surgery Tweed

This form of surgery is also known as ?keyhole? surgery, because it involves using smaller incisions, creating a keyhole-like opening.

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Robotic Colorectal Surgeon

A range of surgical procedures can be conducted robotically.

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Bowel Resection Tweed

The treatment recommended for you will depend on the area of your bowel that needs to be removed.

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More Information

You might also be interested in following these links:

Bowel Cancer Australia

CSSANZ Information Documents

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