165963 - Bowel Cancer Workshop
This Bowel Cancer workshop will assist attendees with knowledge of the following:
1. List the common risk factors for bowel cancer
2. Discuss the utility of faecal occult blood testing, and evidence-based recommendations for frequency of bowel cancer screening
3. Describe symptoms and signs which warrant referral for a colonoscopy
4. Ensure safe follow up of patients diagnosed with colonic polyps
5. Discuss management techniques for various stages and locations of bowel cancer, including stoma care
Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia (not including non-melanoma skin cancer). In 2010, 14,860 new cases of bowel cancer were diagnosed in Australia. Bowel cancer claims the lives of around 100 Australians every week, however if it is detected early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated (Cancer Council, 2019). Biennial faecal occult blood test (FOBT) can reduce bowel cancer mortality by 16% (RACGP, 2018).
A needs assessment conducted by GPEx in 2018 revealed that over 60% of primary care clinicians were interested in having further education about bowel cancer.
GPs are well-placed to encourage the population to undergo recommended screening, as well as addressing lifestyle factors which can help to reduce the risk of bowel cancer. After diagnosis, the GP is central in supporting patients in their recovery post operatively, including stoma care, as well as providing assistance to those undergoing chemotherapy.