National Bowel Cancer Screening Program's Information Booklet
Your bowel is part of your food digestive system. It connects your stomach to your anus, where waste materials (called a bowel motion or faeces) are passed out of the body. The function of the bowel is to finish digesting food by absorbing water and nutrients.
Your bowel has three parts:
- the small bowel – which mainly absorbs nutrients from broken-down food
- the colon – which mainly absorbs water
- the rectum – which stores waste material until it is passed from the body through the anus.
Courtesy The Cancer Council Victoria.