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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.

Show your support by helping us raise awareness during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (formerly Bowel Cancer Awareness Week) - an annual public education initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1 - 30 June 2014).

Now in its thirteenth year, the initiative aims to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 77 Australians every week. 

Bowel cancer is the second most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia affecting both men and women almost equally and is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer after lung cancer.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if found early.

Activities during the Month promote and encourage people who are at a higher risk of developing the disease or experiencing symptoms to see a doctor and get checked.  People without symptoms, are encouraged to take advantage of a BowelScreen Australia® screening test for bowel cancer prevention and early detection.

A highlight of the Month is Red Aussie Apple Day (Wednesday, 18 June 2014), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a $2 apple pin.

So, if you’ve ever thought about raising funds and awareness for bowel cancer, then Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to join the bowel movement!

A few of the ways you can help:

 

Join the Bowel Movement

Join the bowel movement by pledging your support to talk, test, tell - it might just save a life.

1. Talk  - help remove the embarrassment surrounding bowel cancer by talking 
                 with family and friends about signs, symptoms and testing.

2. Test - take a bowel cancer screening test, especially if you are aged 50 and over.

3. Tell  - share your family's medical history with close relatives.

   

Order an Awareness Pack

Share the importance of bowel cancer awareness in your workplace, club or amongst your friends.

Bowel Cancer Australia Awareness Packs come in a variety of sizes and can be ordered from the
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Bowel Cancer Awareness Pack webpage.

Please note: Materials can take up to two weeks to arrive in the post,
so to avoid disappointment, please place your order with us ASAP.

   
 

Become an Awareness Champion

Help us spread the important bowel cancer awareness message to those you love, and in your local community - while also supporting Bowel Cancer Australia’s vital awareness, education, support and research programs – with your very own Bowel Cancer Awareness Month fundraiser.

Find out more about hosting a Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Community Fundraising event.

   
 

Sell Apple Pins

A simple way to help show your support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is to wear a red apple pin.  Even better, grab yourself a pack of apple pins and sell them for $2 each to all your family, friends and/or work colleagues.

Apple Pins come in boxes of 30 and are available for purchase from Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Apple Pins.

Please note: Materials can take up to two weeks to arrive in the post,
so to avoid disappointment, please place your order with us ASAP.

 

 

Get Social

Like, follow and connect with Bowel Cancer Australia on Social Media for all the latest up-to-the-minute information this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.  Be the first to find out what’s happening and how you can get involved. Show your support and spread the word to everyone in your network.

And don’t forget to add a Bowel Cancer Awareness Twibbon (virtual ribbon) to your Social Media profile pictures.

 

Screen today . . . Screen for life.

BowelScreen Australia® test kits can be purchased by visiting a participating community pharmacy.  The simple and accurate test can be completed in privacy at home. 

Screening at least every two years can reduce your risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to 33%.

To find your local participating community pharmacy and to purchase a kit visit Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Screening
 

Bowel Cancer Awareness in action.

Read about some of our brilliant Bowel Cancer Awareness Month supporters at Bowel Cancer Awareness Week in action.

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Bowel Cancer Australia publishes a quarterly email Newsletter - highlighting all the latest developments in bowel cancer advocacy, awareness, education, support and research, as well as important services available to bowel cancer patients, loved ones and the community.

To receive all the latest bowel cancer news, sign up to receive our eNewsletter now!

 

 

Healthy eating can be a challenge, particularly for bowel cancer patients.  Making things easier and providing practical support is really important to us here at BCA, so check out the helpful high and low fibre recipes, put together by Nutrition Adviser, Teresa.

We also have a range of nutritional resources developed specifically for bowel cancer patients.