Hiya guys--as tha word says--"curious".I am wondering.After reading lots of personal pages it seems that there are many here who have discovered their cancers accidentally.By definition, I mean that the cancer may well have been present for quite some time.Explain??? Well, a lot of you originally had bleeding and were either told by a gp or assumed yourselves that this bleeding was caused by haemharoids(spelling??)
In every day life over here in OZ I am questioned often by male friends(who know of my cancer) about the symptoms for bowel cancer.It so happens that many of them --as males do--are very reluctant to discuss the subject of "bowel" problems with their gp's.--TYPICAL MALES!!!
Now this really concerns me, so much so that in the near future I intend to approach various clubs and community groups here to try and make somje progress towards early detection of bowel cancer.Of course that is not forgetting the female gender but we are all aware that "males" do have a tendency to look on "personal/private" issues regarding health taboo.
The reason I bring this up is because I was dx'd in 1997 with haemharoids and it was not until july 03 that my bleeding was discovered to come from a large tumour.
So--I guess comments on the subject here would make interesting discussion--if not for us that are already afflicted but maybe for those--male and female--who read these posts.
This disease needs better scrutiny and detection--wouldn't you agree?
luv--as always--kanga n Jen