Did you know that bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia? It’s the diagnosis that no one wants to hear, yet Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.
Bowel cancer affects both men and women and your risk of bowel cancer greatly increases as you get older. It’s estimated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that this year, 1 in 14 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer by their 85th birthday.
Most people who develop bowel cancer have no family history. That’s why it’s so important to know the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and participate in bowel cancer screening. In Australia we’re fortunate to have the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, which sends a free screening kit to every eligible Australian in the mail from your 50th birthday. The test is quick and easy and you can complete it at home. Bowel cancer screening should be completed every two years between the ages of 50 and 74.