Bowel Cancer Australia is thrilled to congratulate one of our longest and most prolific supporters, Julie Toner who was honoured with the Victorian Premier’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year award.
Meat Free Week is taking place this 24-30 September, and we’re sharing some of our favourite meat-free recipes to celebrate.
Challenging participants to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia, Meat Free Week gives people the perfect opportunity to try out new plant-based foods, get more fruits and veggies in their meals and see whether a meat-reduced diet is for them, even if it's just one day a week or one week a year.
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.
Awareness is key to people understanding the urgency and critical need to develop more advanced treatments for bowel cancer.
As a scientist exploring the molecular basis of bowel cancer to develop more efficient treatment options, Dr Madara Ratnadiwakara is acutely aware of the importance of raising community awareness of bowel cancer. She explains, “Awareness is key to people understanding the urgency and critical need to develop more advanced treatments for bowel cancer.”
Jodie Reiger is all too familiar with bowel cancer having lost both her father Vince (at age 66) and her brother Nick (at age 32) to the disease.
“Due to our history, our entire family had genetic testing and found out that my family carries the cancer gene – I myself am gene positive,” says Jodie.
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2014, at the age of 37. I had experienced mid-day fatigue the year prior, which I attributed to job dissatisfaction. I also had the occasional feeling of nausea and random severe stomach pains, which I thought was a dairy intolerance.
In March 2017, at 41 years of age, I was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer.
My symptoms were off and on. Tiredness, bowel changes, stomach cramps. I cut out foods and drinks that made me feel sick and experienced unexplained fevers. I knew something wasn’t quite right, but tests didn’t show anything. I’d had enough and demanded some answers. I told my doctor I wasn’t letting up until I knew what was wrong....I requested a colonoscopy, stool test and inflammatory marker blood test (CRP) to name a few.