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.
Many bowel cancer patients have shared stories of tremendous support from family and friends when they first received their bowel cancer diagnosis or while they were in hospital.
However, it is often after a person has left hospital and is receiving treatment in the out-patient setting that they need the most help, support, and encouragement.
Studies show people with cancer have a more positive outlook and often report a better quality of life if they receive emotional support while adjusting to their new ‘normal’.
“You can make a big difference for someone you know with bowel cancer,” says Bowel Care Nurse Fiona Radford.
Now in its sixth year, the countdown is on to Bowel Cancer Australia’s annual Decembeard campaign!
A hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), Decembeard® Australia encourages men to grow a beard in the final month of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds to beat bowel cancer.