Know Your Risk/
Knowing your family history of bowel cancer might just save your life.
Know Your Risk is a simple and interactive website that guides you through a series of steps to build a family tree of close relatives whose history may impact your risk of bowel cancer.
The website prompts you to record which of your relatives has had bowel cancer and the age they were diagnosed.
After you have recorded relevant family history, you will receive a personalised assessment of your risk, and if elevated, you will be able to download a letter and a copy of your family history to take and discuss with your GP.
So talk to your family and go to www.knowyourrisk.org.au
It might just save your life.
We often hear of people whose diagnosis of bowel cancer has been delayed because they didn’t think to visit to their GP, believing their symptoms were not serious.
Often the symptoms of bowel cancer are vague such as; bloating, cramping or unexplained feelings of tiredness, breathlessness or lack of energy. In fact, there are often no symptoms at all.
We developed a simple questionnaire to help you work out when you should investigate symptoms further by visiting your GP.
Based on Curtin University research by Dr D Sriram and colleagues, this tool was designed for use by pharmacy staff to facilitate referral to GPs. The symptom checker successfully identified people with symptoms of serious bowel disease as well as less serious conditions who would benefit from medical advice.
The questionnaire is simple enough to be completed at home or with your pharmacist. If the symptom checker recommends you follow up with your doctor, take the completed form with you. Make that appointment – it might just save your life.
Download The Jodi Lee Foundation Symptom Checker here