Bowel cancer affects men and women of all ages.
In its early stages the disease often has no obvious symptoms; however, any of the following may be suggestive of bowel cancer:
Bowel cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer and its impact is felt not just by those diagnosed with the disease, but also by their loved ones.
About 70% of people who develop bowel cancer have no family history of the disease.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, with 1 in 11 Aussie men developing bowel cancer in their lifetime.
Choices you make related to diet, lifestyle, screening and surveillance can influence your bowel cancer risk.
More than 8,000 Australian men are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, around 560 of those men are under the age of 50.
It is a disease that affects men of all ages, and one of the many reasons we’ve dedicated the month of December to encouraging men around the country to grow out their chin curls and help us beat bowel cancer.
Laughing when faced with a life-threatening illness doesn't quite seem appropriate, does it?
But at times, it's the only thing that can help a person cope with a distressing situation.
While bowel cancer is no laughing matter, finding humour in the centre of difficulty – though it might seem an impossible feat – is not only possible, it's probable.
When Ros Ben-Moshe was diagnosed with bowel cancer at age 42, she was in no mood to laugh, but says she knew somehow laughter would be integral to her healing and recovery.