Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
15,253 Australians are told they have bowel cancer each year, including 2,186 people under the age of 55.
Bowel cancer claims the lives of 4,346 Australians every year, including 455 people under the age of 55.
Bowel cancer risk rises sharply and progressively from age 50.
The chance of surviving at least 5 years (survival rate) for bowel cancer patients is 68% which lags well behind other patients with common cancers such as breast, melanoma and prostate with survival rates of around 90%.