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Bowel Cancer Australia is your community-funded charity, helping thousands of Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer to live longer, in better health.
 
If you or a loved one heard the words ‘you have bowel cancer’, where would you turn for information and support?

If you’re like thousands of Australians affected by the disease every year, you would approach Bowel Cancer Australia.

Why? Because of the informative and practical resources and programs, national research and treatment partnerships, the Peer-to-Peer Support Network and dedicated Bowel Care Nurses.

Your contributions have helped make Bowel Cancer Australia the leading community-funded charity that it is, enabling us to make an impact and truly create change in how bowel cancer is perceived and treated.

You are helping Bowel Cancer Australia improve the lives of thousands of people facing a new or terminal diagnosis, living with bowel cancer or caring for someone who is.

Bowel Cancer Australia is your community-funded charity, helping thousands of Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer to live longer, in better health.

Your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed towards research and current programs and helps to ensure our initiatives are sustainable into the future.
 
With more and more Australians being touched by bowel cancer, directly or through a loved one, the need for support and resources is growing.

Your donation will have a direct impact and help make real change happen for those affected by bowel cancer.

Thank you for your generous and ongoing support.

Sincerely
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A/Prof Graham Newstead AM
Colorectal Surgeon &
Director, Bowel Cancer Australia
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Bowel Cancer Doesn't Discriminate

Affecting men and women, young and old, bowel cancer remains Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. 

 

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James
 
At 40-years old, my GP described me as young and healthy. The proud dad of a newborn son, I’m the typical male who ignores health-related warning signs because I know she’ll be right.
 
My name is James. It was as if time just stood still when the specialist told me I had rectal cancer. I was in total shock. I want people to understand that bowel cancer is no longer the “old person’s” cancer. It’s imperative not to ignore the signs.
 
Doctors are only human and can make mistakes. Don’t make an even bigger mistake by not listening to your body – if you feel like something’s not right, get a second opinion. Read my full story here
 

 
Paula
 
I’ve been an athlete for more than 26 years, competing in marathons, triathlons, even an Iron Man event. I eat extremely well, too. I’ve always been vigilant with my health.
 
My name is Paula. I was 54 when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Not once had anyone ever mentioned having a bowel screen and I didn’t know enough to ask for one.
 
I was so angry, especially when my doctor told me the cancer could have been growing for up to ten years. It can happen to you.
 
Monitor your bowel movements and see a GP if you experience any unexplained changes for more than two weeks. Don’t believe any doctor who says you are too young, too fit, or too healthy to get bowel cancer.
 
I’ve put my body through years of intense sports training but nothing has been harder than the surgery and treatment. Read my full story here
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Kerry
 
My husband and I are the classic “childhood sweethearts”. We married at 21 and have just celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. Our life was one of a busy, happy family.
 
My name is Kerry. When my husband Peter turned 55, he was diagnosed with rectal cancer. We were both in shock.
 
Our minds raced with questions.How large was the tumour? Had the cancer spread? Why wasn’t it detected earlier on previous bowel screens? Would Peter need a colostomy? Was he going to die?
 
I wish people knew that bowel screening is simple and only takes a couple of minutes, in contrast to the whole process of cancer treatment, which is totally overwhelming. It’s another world which sucks you in, even as a carer. Read my full story here
 
 

 
Ally
 
I’m the health conscious 28-year old you might see going for a run at the gym, appreciating a good vino while making inappropriate jokes with girlfriends, or picking up some tasty takeaway as a treat to enjoy with my partner.
 
My name is Ally. Exactly one month after getting engaged, I received the news that I had bowel cancer. Despair and disbelief followed. All I wanted, and all I want, is to be a mother to my son.
 
My message is simple; pay attention to what is ‘normal’ for your body. Trust your instincts and if something seems ‘off’, persist until you get answers. Do not delay. Life is busy. But this is important. Believe me. Read my full story here
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How you can help

At Bowel Cancer Australia, we’re helping the growing number of Australians affected by bowel cancer, like Ally, Paula, James, Kerry and Peter.

Your tax-deductible gift will make real change happen across the continuum of care, from prevention and early diagnosis to research, quality treatment and the best care for people affected by bowel cancer.

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Your tax deductible donation will help make real change happen across the continuum of care, from prevention and early diagnosis to research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

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