If you’ve ever had cancer, you’re likely to remember the day you received your diagnosis and the last day of treatment as easily as you remember your own birthday.

Only 4-in-10 people who received a tax-payer funded screeningtest in the mail during 2016-17 used it, according to the latest data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW). 

A blood test which detects reliable biomarkers for early-stage diagnosis of bowel cancer is something Subroto B. Chatterjee, M.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., a professor of paediatrics and a specialist in vascular biology, believes would be welcome by patients and clinicians alike.

“If you’re going to have cancer, Australia is a wonderful place to live,” said Mark Williams, following Minister for Health Greg Hunt’s announcement this morning at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Medical research plays a significant and critical role in improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians, allowing us to remain healthier for longer due to improved treatments and improved healthcare that results from this research.

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.