Thank you message from Dr Lorraine Chantrill – Chair, GI Cancer Institute
New Normal Same Cancer
COVID-19 has impacted life in so many ways: our family life, our social life, our work life. Together we are facing these challenges and it is your support that has given our clinicians and their patients hope for the future.
That said, there is growing concern that people who have new or persistent health symptoms may be staying away from their doctor too.
That is why we are proud to be part of the New Normal, Same Cancer movement. We have joined 12 other cancer organisations across Australia, to speak with one voice on the importance of getting unusual and/or persistent symptoms checked by your GP.
It’s natural to think that – if we have a new symptom – it will probably clear up on its own. That these things can wait. But that’s not the case with cancer. The earlier cancer is found the better.
Most symptoms are due to something less serious than cancer, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. While cancer is more common as we get older, you can develop cancer at any age.
And with around 28,600 Australians diagnosed with GI cancers each year and 39 Australians dying of it each day, GI cancer still is the most common form of cancer – affecting both men and women.
For some cancers, which are slow growing, it is unlikely there will be major consequences. However, for other cancers which grow quickly or are difficult to diagnose, early detection is critical. This includes several GI cancers, including stomach and oesophageal cancers.
What to do if you notice new symptoms
Be aware of changes in your body such as changes in your bowel habits or digestion, unexplained weight loss or fatigue, and pain in the abdomen.
You can find out more about GI cancers and their signs and symptoms below:
- Oesophageal cancer symptoms
- Liver cancer symptoms
- Stomach cancer symptoms
- Gallbladder and Biliary Tract cancer symptoms
- Pancreatic cancer symptoms
- Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour symptoms
- Neuroendocrine Tumour symptoms
- Colorectal cancer symptoms
- Small bowel cancer symptoms
- Anal cancer symptoms
If you have an unusual or persistent symptoms, don’t wait. Contact your doctor and get checked.
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