We’re excited to announce that Meat Free Week is back for its sixth year, challenging participants to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.
There is convincing evidence that a high consumption of red meat and processed meat increases bowel cancer risk.
In 2016, Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador Anton Enus received a free bowel cancer screening kit in the mail.
Though he had no noticeable symptoms, he collected a small stool sample and sent it back.
As a non-smoking vegetarian who runs marathons and practises yoga, Enus had done everything he could to stay healthy, so he wasn't worried when the test result returned a positive for traces of blood in his faeces.
Bowel Cancer Australia has launched My Colonoscopy Experience, a nationwide questionnaire inviting Australians to provide feedback about an invasive procedure that comes with risks, including bowel perforation.
The announcement coincides with today’s release of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).
“The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard is a welcome first step in outlining the care people who have a colonoscopy should receive, but no specific indicators to measure the patient’s experience are currently included,” said Bowel Cancer Australia CEO Julien Wiggins.