Medical and surgical management of metastatic bowel cancer (mCRC) has improved over recent years, but treatments for mCRC patients that deliver even modest incremental life-extending benefits remain limited compared to those available for patients with other common cancers.

With just over one in ten (13.4%) mCRC patients surviving five years after diagnosis, there is a clear clinical need for new treatment options.  

Bowel Cancer Australia is pleased to have been selected as a charity beneficiary of the new Ritchies Community Benefit Program.

Donating a percentage of the money spent by registered customers to their nominated charity, including Bowel cancer Australia, the Ritchies Community Benefit Program now has an App for both IOS and Android smart devices. 

In recognition of World mCRC Day, Marty has joined Bowel Cancer Australia and our international partners to raise awareness about metastatic colorectal (bowel) cancer.

In mid-December 2019, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer, at age 42.

It took about 6 weeks to get myself into a frame of mind to deal with it.

Are you up for the challenge of trying a plant-based menu for seven days this Meat Free Week and raising funds for Bowel Cancer Australia, challenging participants to try a plant-based menu for seven days.
 

Zoe Welham developed an interest in bowel cancer while she was working on a complex scientific research project in graduate school.

“The goal was to look at bowel cancer in a holistic way by taking information from genes, microbes and epigenetic data,” Zoe said.
 

Evidence has long suggested an association between mouth bacteria that enters the bloodstream via bleeding gums and serious infections of the brain, liver, and heart, as well as preterm birth in pregnant women.

The presence of the bacterium, known as ‘fusobacterium nucleatum’, has also been shown to be very high in bowel tumours.

Bowel cancer remains Australia’s second deadliest cancer and ranks among the top five killers overall of Australians aged 45-74.i

Yet the latest National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) Report released today by the AIHW reveals participation rates continue to hover at 42.4% and colonoscopy wait times for those who receive a positive screen far exceed the ‘desirable’ 30 days.ii
 

A new Australian study has found the rates of bowel cancer in people under 50 continue to rise, supporting Bowel Cancer Australia’s Never2Young campaign to lower the screening age from 50 to 45.
 
Published in the ANZ Journal of Surgery (8 June 2020), the Gold Coast study found growing evidence of increasing rates of bowel cancer in people under age 50 after reviewing 557 patients who received a colonoscopy between 2013 and 2017.
 

Visible bowel cancer symptoms are NOT NORMAL. They require prompt investigation to rule out bowel cancer as the underlying cause.
 
With over 325 new cases and 108 deaths estimated weekly (16,938/5,597 annually - AIHW 2019), during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this June, Australian’s are reminded that despite the NEW NORMAL, some things remain NOT NORMAL, such as -