| Sustainable funding to expand Australia's bowel cancer research capacity 
 
Bowel cancer is Australia's second deadliest cancer and has the second highest disease burden of any cancer in Australia.

Burden of disease measures the impact of living with illness and injury or dying prematurely.

However, bowel cancer received around 46 percent less research funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) compared to breast cancer (2017: $12.2 million v $22.8 million); and receives no government funding to support dedicated Bowel Care Nurse Specialists, compared around $80 million for Breast Care Nurse Specialists and $30 million for Prostate Cancer Nurse Specialists.
NMRHC research funding v burden disease YLL

To help address this research funding inequity, Bowel Cancer Australia established the Bowel Cancer Research Foundation Australia.
 
An objective of the Foundation is to support and sustainably fund research into the causes, prevention and treatment of bowel cancer to benefit us all in the future. While Bowel Cancer Australia is here today supporting, informing and caring for people affected by the disease.

Through the Foundation, Bowel Cancer Australia has made a significant investment in the Lawrence Penn Chair of Bowel Cancer Research, dedicated to leading edge bowel cancer discoveries that aim to have an everlasting impact on Australia's health future.

The establishment of the Lawrence Penn Chair, in collaboration with the University of Sydney and the Kolling Institute, strengthens our collective pursuit of a bowel cancer cure.

Other major bowel cancer projects funded to date, include the ASCOLT Clinical Trial; ICHOM Colorectal Cancer Standard Set; community awareness and understanding; patient lived-experience; and demographic research;

To date, Bowel Cancer Australia, collaboratively with funding partners, has funded $11.6 million in bowel cancer research projects.

You can make a lasting contribution to bowel cancer research through a donation or a bequest (a gift made in your Will) to Bowel Cancer Australia or by calling us on 1800 555 494.
 

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