There are more than 14,000 reasons to support Bowel Cancer Australia - one for each person whose life will be changed when they are diagnosed with bowel cancer, and that's just in one year.
Unlike many other cancers, bowel cancer is preventable, yet:
- it is the second biggest cancer killer of Australians, after lung cancer;
- 77 Australians - males and females, young and old - lose their lives to this cancer every week.
And this is where Bowel Cancer Australia comes in. The charity works to reduce the impact of bowel cancer in the community through advocacy, awareness, education, support and research.
Founded in 2000, Bowel Cancer Australia has grown significantly in the scope of its activities. However, it is still driven by a small core team of staff.
Bowel Cancer Australia works across a range of activities that help prevent, detect and manage bowel cancer. It has earned a leading role in these activities while working with health organisations, government, business and volunteers to further leverage its efforts and results.
Charity initiatives such as Bowel Cancer Awareness Month®, BowelScreen Australia®, and the Healthy Community Program raise awareness among health professionals and the community about the importance of early detection and intervention in the successful treatment of bowel cancer.
We continue to fundraise for our largest research project to date - the establishment of an endowed chair in bowel cancer research which will be the first of its kind in Australia. We also continue to support annual research projects which add to the body of knowledge about bowel cancer and will underpin important advances in its prevention, early detection and treatment.
Through our 'Love My Family' Community, we provide support, resources and advocacy for bowel cancer patients, their carers, close relatives and friends.
Bowel Cancer Australia is grateful to the many people who do a fantastic job in raising funds for our charity, and we are also indebted to our Patrons, Ambassadors and corporate supporters who provide invaluable support for our work.