13 Jan 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 the 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, you can visit our procedures pages, colonoscopy page, and post-procedure information sheet.