Mental Health and Bowel Cancer
- Tue 19 Jun 2018
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer. https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bowel-cancer-awareness-month
Sometimes health professionals see the mental health diagnosis primarily, and may not ask you about your general health if mental health is the primary concern for the visit. It is important for you to be proactive about your general health. You can ask about screening for bowel cancer and other bowel related conditions. If you have certain factors which put you at risk of bowel cancer (e.g. age, family history), you may be entitled to a colonoscopy on a regular basis under the public hospital system. You are your own best advocate for your optimum health outcomes, so speak up and ask the doctor if you need to be tested for bowel cancer.
If you are aged between 50 and 74, you may have received a bowel screening kit in the mail. Please do this simple test, place it in the envelope provided and post it.