Bowel Cancer - The Facts

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.

Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is the second most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia.

15,151 Australians are told they have bowel cancer each year,
including 1,091 people under the age of 50.

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Bowel cancer claims the lives of 3,980 Australians every year,
including 209 people under the age of 50.

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Bowel cancer risk rises sharply and progressively from age 50.


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Bowel cancer patients currently have a 5-year survival rate of 66% which lags well behind other patients with common cancers such as breast, melanoma and prostate with survival rates of around 90%.


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