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Well thanks for getting this far!

'Embarrassment' is the 2nd biggest cancer killer in the UK. Colon Cancer is our 2nd biggest cancer killer, yet early intervention will lead to a 90% cure rate. However, our bowels are a taboo, and many people do not seek medical help until it's too late.

I'm doing a health promotion poster on Bowel Cancer. I've spoken to members of the older generation, and am after a youthful contrast (to see if the taboo is age related).

I have two quesitons:

1) At what point would you seek help for a bowel condition (blood in, or on, the stools? A change in your normal bowel habit? Pain in the abdomen or back passage? etc)

2) What words would you feel comfortable using with your GP? Are there any words you would find uncomfortable? ****? Stools? Bowels? No 2? Faeces? 'Do toilet'? etc.

If you want to answer, but don't want to post, feel free to PM me.

If anyone is interested I'll post the resultant poster after I've submitted it.

Many thanks!


PS - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO 'BRAINSTORM' AND ADD WORDS THAT YOU WOULD ASSOCIATE WITH DIGESTION, BOWEL FUNCTION ETC. I HAVE A GROWING LIST BUT WANT TO SEE IF I'VE MISSED ANY 'REGIONAL' VARIATIONS!
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1) At what point would you seek help for a bowel condition (blood in, or on, the stools? A change in your normal bowel habit? Pain in the abdomen or back passage? etc)
Any blood or sustained pain and I'm off to the Doc like a shot! Bowel habits - if it stays funny for a couple of weeks and clearly isn't just a normal random variation.

2) What words would you feel comfortable using with your GP? Are there any words you would find uncomfortable? ****? Stools? Bowels? No 2? Faeces? 'Do toilet'? etc.
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you can find blood in your stool at an early age..like now..erm..its usually hemoroids or an anal fissure ( a wee lil crack in your bowl) which may lead to like a few drops o blood on the toilette paper..the darker the blood the deeper its coming from..so if its black folks..go see the doctor..
if you have any blood at all jus see the doctor..then a consultant will look up the hole with his gadget..and recommend you to change your diet and eat loas of fruit and cut out sweets..
people should have theor bowel checked regularly...
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this is a really good thing to post! i've just learnt all this so probably earlier than most of the posters... i'd be interested to see the results of this...
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1) At what point would you seek help for a bowel condition (blood in, or on, the stools? A change in your normal bowel habit? Pain in the abdomen or back passage? etc)
blood in the stools. i'd probably think a change in bowel habit was due to a bug or something. if there was pain for more than a couple of weeks i'd go too.

2) What words would you feel comfortable using with your GP? Are there any words you would find uncomfortable? ****? Stools? Bowels? No 2? Faeces? 'Do toilet'? etc.
i certainly wouldn't use ****. at a doctors, i would use 'stools'.
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For this reason, I'm so glad I don't study medicine. It's childish but how could you stop yourself from cracking up with some of the complaints you might get?
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For this reason, I'm so glad I don't study medicine. It's childish but how could you stop yourself from cracking up with some of the complaints you might get?
They must just hear it so often it isn't funny anymore. Like me in anthropology with 'Homo erectus' and homo god knows what. It just gets very ordinary.
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Sh-1-t is an interesting one. The GP that takes us for our primary care placement had a consultation with someone with a history of bowel problems and at the end asked her if they could tape it for us (and future years) - with her using the same language etc as she had originally. She used sh-1-t a lot. She was a really well to do 68 year old 'lady'. It was surreal hearing 'vulgar' words comming out of her mouth!
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1) At what point would you seek help for a bowel condition (blood in, or on, the stools? A change in your normal bowel habit? Pain in the abdomen or back passage? etc)

blood in the stools and also a change in habit...if I don't go I feel rotton anyway (attemptiong to hold things in at last yrs glasto was a mistake).

blood on the bog roll wouldn't worry me if the poo was a particularly pointy one and if it was just a spot or two.

2) What words would you feel comfortable using with your GP? Are there any words you would find uncomfortable? ****? Stools? Bowels? No 2? Faeces? 'Do toilet'? etc.

I'd probably use the word poo. **** doesn't seem right and all of the others are a bit too formal/prissy.

I had an online friend die of bowel cancer in May 2004

He wrote about his experiences after being diagnosed here http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A1050986
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nooooooooo!!!! I killed the poo thread :eek::eek::eek:
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Aww - I just didn't know what to say

My nan had bowel cancer - she's just had her 10 year all clear. Scary how fast time flies. My dad told me that she had bowel cancer when I was on my way home after my first term at Swansea (they didn't want to scare me while I was away). It still seems like yesterday, but was in December 1995!!!
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I have two quesitons:

1) At what point would you seek help for a bowel condition (blood in, or on, the stools? A change in your normal bowel habit? Pain in the abdomen or back passage? etc)

I'm an idiot. i don't know what it is about this that gets me because normally the first sign of trouble and I'm off to the doctors but it takes alot to make me go to the doctor about this. I had blood, and pain at one stage and was like it for about a month before my mum noticed and marched me to the doctors, luckily it was nothing serious.
I've also had severe irritation and not gone to the doctors I tried everything else first, not eating some types of wholemeal bread helped it and got rid of the problem and I never went on that occassion.
Even now I would probably only go if it irritated me so much that I couldn't do normal stuff. I know I should go at the first sign of blood but I would probably wait a week or so to see if it cleared up.
Which is ridiculous because bowel cancer runs in my family - my great gran, gran and aunt all died under 50 from it. I guess I'm scared that it could be something really bad which is what stops me going - again logically stupid because it would be far better to catch it early. My aunt had her problem for nearly a year before she went to the doctor she was practically bedridden because of pain and they couldn't get rid of it because it was too far advanced, I think the main reason she didn't go was because she knew what it was and thought she would die, but if they had caught it in time that probably wouldn't have been the case. My logical mind knows better but theres something about it that would still stop me from going to the doctors if I'm honest.

2) What words would you feel comfortable using with your GP? Are there any words you would find uncomfortable? ****? Stools? Bowels? No 2? Faeces? 'Do toilet'? etc.
Faeces probably if the doctor said number 2 I think I'd laugh. I think its really important for the doctor to take you seriously and not patronise you about something like this.
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I'd just say poo...it is my favourite word..but whatever doctors are there to help so just g and say.i went to the toilet and noticed some blood on the toilet paper..that pretty clear... i mean you can also say that you went to take a s-h-1-t n when u were wiping ur ar*e it bled... :p:
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I have no idea. I could be terminally ill and I wouldn't know, because I'm completely ignorant of the symptoms. That's exactly what happened to a relative of mine, so I guess I should look this up...
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not eating some types of wholemeal bread
What's wrong with some types? I assumed all wholemeal bread was good for you!
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For this reason, I'm so glad I don't study medicine. It's childish but how could you stop yourself from cracking up with some of the complaints you might get?
Most of the time it's not really a problem, the only funny ones I can think of are the "object up arse" incidents, and the stories of how they got there. A lot of the time you just have to look at the patient's face to realise that for them, it's not a laughing matter.
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1) At what point would you seek help for a bowel condition (blood in, or on, the stools? A change in your normal bowel habit? Pain in the abdomen or back passage? etc)

Blood - I'd go straight away. Anything else, I'd probably see how it goes, examine my diet, see if there's anything wrong there, or any other symptoms that just suggest having a bug of sorts... If it persisted, then I'd go. Thankfully never had to though...

2) What words would you feel comfortable using with your GP? Are there any words you would find uncomfortable? ****? Stools? Bowels? No 2? Faeces? 'Do toilet'? etc.
'****', no, too crude. Faeces, yes, I'd use that word. 'Poo' would suffice, though.
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We had our presentations today - I just wanted to thank you guys for your input! It went really well!

The poster is too larger to upload, but if anyone is interested I would be happy to e-mail it to you. It's entitled: 'Word's wont kill you... ...but will bowel cancer'.

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take 2 upload...

Is v v v small to allow uploading!
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Well thanks for getting this far!

'Embarrassment' is the 2nd biggest cancer killer in the UK. Colon Cancer is our 2nd biggest cancer killer, yet early intervention will lead to a 90% cure rate. However, our bowels are a taboo, and many people do not seek medical help until it's too late.

I'm doing a health promotion poster on Bowel Cancer. I've spoken to members of the older generation, and am after a youthful contrast (to see if the taboo is age related).

I have two quesitons:

1) At what point would you seek help for a bowel condition (blood in, or on, the stools? A change in your normal bowel habit? Pain in the abdomen or back passage? etc)

2) What words would you feel comfortable using with your GP? Are there any words you would find uncomfortable? ****? Stools? Bowels? No 2? Faeces? 'Do toilet'? etc.

If you want to answer, but don't want to post, feel free to PM me.

If anyone is interested I'll post the resultant poster after I've submitted it.

Many thanks!


PS - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO 'BRAINSTORM' AND ADD WORDS THAT YOU WOULD ASSOCIATE WITH DIGESTION, BOWEL FUNCTION ETC. I HAVE A GROWING LIST BUT WANT TO SEE IF I'VE MISSED ANY 'REGIONAL' VARIATIONS!
1) a poster at my doctor's says if you notice pain/bleeding after you've had a bowel movement it is safe to wait 6 weeks to see if it clears up. if the actual stool is black/contains blood you should go straight away. If a change in habit occurred i would probably wait a month or so to see if it was diet/stress.

2) Anus, faeces, stool, bowel...i'd probably try and keep it as clinical as possible as then it would be more impersonal and less embarassing!
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