Did you know that more than 14,000 Australians are diagnosed with Bowel Cancer each year? This makes Bowel Cancer our second biggest cancer killer.
Bowel Cancer Awareness month aims to educate Australians to the fact that bowel cancer is very curable if detected early enough.
Worryingly, a recent study has found that many people with common bowel cancer symptoms have not taken their concerns to a doctor. Although it is more than likely that symptoms you might be experiencing are not bowel cancer, it is extremely important for people, regardless of their gender or age, to seek medical attention.
Do You Know The Symptoms of Bowel Cancer?
The most common symptoms of bowel cancer include one or more of the following:
• A persistent change to your bowel habits, ie. Going less or more regularly, a change to the consistency of your stools.
• Bloating or gas
• Narrow stools
• A lump or mass in your abdomen
• Unexplained weight loss
• Recent onset of persistent abdominal pain
How Can You Reduce The Risk of Developing Bowel Cancer?
Although no cancer is completely preventable, there are steps that can be taken to lower your chances of developing Bowel Cancer.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best form of prevention for all forms of serious illness, including Bowel Cancer.
A varied and nutritious diet is a good starting point.
Make sure your diet contains plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, cereals, lean protein sources and dairy products.
Be sure to drink lots of water and watch your sugar, salt and fat intake.
If you drink alcohol, be sure to do so in moderation and avoid tobacco smoke.
Treatment options for Bowel Cancer will vary considerably dependent on your age, the progression of the disease and other health factors.
Protect Yourself Against The Financial Impact of Serious Illness
Bowel Cancer is one of the many conditions listed on Make A Difference Insurance’s Trauma Insurance Policy.
Trauma Insurance pays a lump sum in the event that you are diagnosed with serious illness such as Bowel Cancer.
Funds released by Trauma Insurance (often called Critical Illness Insurance) can be used in any way you see fit. Often the funds are used to assist the personal diagnosed or a loved one to take time out of the workforce to focus on recovery, without the worry about how everyday financial commitments will be met.
Until recently, not many Australians have been aware of Trauma Insurance. However, with the peace of mind it affords and given the fact that it is payable on diagnosis of a serious illness (and therefore reduces the financial impact of an extended period of out of the workforce), more and more people are choosing to add it to their insurance portfolio.