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Bowel (Colorectal) Cancer and Care

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Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is an umbrella term used to describe cancers of the large bowel/intestine (colon and rectum). It’s the third most common type of cancer in Australia. Most bowel cancers develop from polyps - clumps of cells that form on the intestinal mucosa.

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Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is an umbrella term used to describe cancers of the large bowel/intestine (colon and rectum). Depending on which part of the large bowel is affected, the cancer may be referred to more specifically as colon cancer or rectal cancer, although the two are often grouped together due to their similarities. It’s the third most common type of cancer in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) after prostate cancer and breast cancer, with about 15,500 diagnoses made annually.

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Trenner Forster
24 Feb 2022
Good informed article.
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Nicola Fiore
05 Mar 2022
Great refresher, clearly and concisely written
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Belinda Douglas
06 Oct 2023
Excellent article.
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Xiaodong Han
29 Mar 2022
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excellent
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Diana Wilson
19 May 2022
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great refresher and resource.
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Stephanie Waters
12 Feb 2022
Good info.
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Hong Fung
14 Jun 2022
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Good refresher
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02 May 2022
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Christine Jones
14 Aug 2023
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clear and concise overview of the types of bowel cancer, detection and treatment of same.
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Donna Chadwick
01 Oct 2022
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