Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, but the good news is 9 out of 10 bowel cancers can be treated, if caught early enough.
Anton Enus was lucky enough to be one of those people who were detected early, after taking part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. He’s now an Ambadassor for Bowel Cancer Australia – and tells his story here.
Last Reviewed: 15/06/2019
Video: Bowel cancer - Anton Enus
My first reaction was, I didn’t really believe that. I thought maybe I’m dreaming this, maybe I didn’t hear properly, I’m a bit sort of under anaesthesia and I wasn’t quite understanding what the ENT guy was saying, and then it took a while to sink in.
Bowel cancer - the second most common type of cancer affecting both men and women in Australia - is cancer that starts in the large bowel (colon) or rectum.
Faecal occult blood test
Faecal occult blood test is a chemical test that can detect tiny traces of blood in the stool that may indicate the presence of bowel cancer or a precancerous polyp.