Detection technology, awareness and the "pink-ifying" of everything have led to improved survival rates in breast cancer, writes the Women's Health author, while other common cancers have lagged behind.
According to the AIHW, the five year survival rate for breast cancer in women is 89.6 per cent.
The five year survival rate for bowel cancer in women, on the other hand, is much lower at 67.4 per cent.
Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and third leading cause of cancer deaths. Over 1700 women die from the disease each year.
Despite these statistics, bowel cancer is still considered by many as an 'old man's disease'.
Awareness aside, research funding for bowel cancer also lags behind other cancers.
Bowel cancer has the second highest disease burden of any cancer in Australia, yet it received 40 per cent less research funding from the NHMRC compared to breast cancer from 2005 to 2014.
In 2014, bowel cancer received less than a fifth of the grants and funding provided by Cancer Australia for research and support services compared to breast and prostate cancer.
Bowel Cancer Australia recognises the burden of bowel cancer in Aussie women, and that's why we've launched our Be Well Week campaign this month.
Throughout September, women are encouraged to get together with friends and family for a Be Well Breakfast or Brunch and raise much needed awareness and funds for Bowel Cancer Australia.
To register interest in the campaign, or for more information about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer in women, visit Be Well Week.
Thank you to Australian Women's Health for putting bowel cancer on the agenda this month. To read the full article, grab a copy of the October issue, on sale now.