Central Sydney Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer (bowel cancer) is a very common cancer in Australia. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the United States It affects about 1 in 20 persons in Australia. Colorectal becomes more common with age. Most patients with colorectal cancer develop the condition between 55 and 75 years of age. Men and women are equally affected although cancers of the rectum.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum. The colon and the rectum are parts of the large intestine, which is the lower part of the body’s digestive system. During digestion, food moves through the stomach and small intestine into the colon.
Colonoscopy is the best test for detection of cancer there is a small risk of missing a small cancer. The risks and benefits of colonoscopy should be discussed in detail with your doctor prior to proceeding with the test.The specific details of your colonoscopy bowel preparation will be discussed and given to you at the time of your consultation
Symptoms of colorectal cancer
· Going to the toilet more often.
· A feeling that the bowel does not empty properly after a bowel movement.
· Blood in feces (stools).
· Pains in the abdomen.
· Bloating in the abdomen.
· A feeling of fullness in the abdomen (maybe even after not eating for a while).
· Fatigue (tiredness).
· Inexplicable weight loss.
· A lump in the tummy or a lump in the back passage felt by your doctor.
· Unexplained iron deficiency in men, or in women after the menopause.
Colorectal cancer risk factors you can change
· Being overweight or obese
· Physical inactivity
· Certain types of diets — Red meats and processed meats
· Heavy alcohol use
Our team of well trained colorectal surgeons are committed to the diagnosis and treatment of your colorectal condition. Our surgeons consult from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Medical Centre, and if required organise procedures at RPAH and Sydney Day Surgery.