National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites eligible people aged 50 – 74 to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home.

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Around one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime.

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Bowel Polyps

A bowel (colorectal) polyp is an abnormal, fleshy growth extending from the inner wall of the large bowel (colon and rectum). Approximately half of all Australians are likely to develop a bowel polyp during their lifetime, but the majority of these remain undetected.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe two main diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease which cause inflammation of the bowel. This inflammation is thought to be due to dysfunction of your immune system, and is not due to an infection.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Low FODMAP Diet

Irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS) affects the colon, or large bowel, which is the part of the digestive tract that stores stool (poo). People with IBS appear to have sensitive bowels that are easily ‘upset’.

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Studies have shown that ingesting FODMAPs exacerbates symptoms in most people with IBS, while dietary restriction of FODMAPs improves symptom control.

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Iron Deficiency

Iron is needed by all cells of your body; it helps cells use oxygen efficiently in order to function properly. The majority of body iron is found in red blood cells.

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Hearburn

Heartburn is a feeling of discomfort or burning or even pain felt rising up from the lower chest to the neck. Some people call it indigestion. Doctors call it gastrooesophageal reflux disease, or reflux or GORD for short.

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Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged when it is exposed to even small amounts of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats.

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Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease is an accumulation of fat in the liver. It can lead to serious complications such as cirrhosis. It is one of the most common liver diseases in Australia and a common reason for abnormal liver tests and ultrasound results.

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