Prevention & Early Detection
Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Advocating for better patient outcomes and providing practical solutions remain at the heart of what we do, even if at times that means Bowel Cancer Australia is a lone voice for a disease people are reluctant to talk about.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia (after lung cancer) and while it kills more Australians each year than breast or prostate cancer, early detection through screening can improve survival rates.
BowelScreen Australia® was launched nationally in 2010 as a collaboration between Bowel Cancer Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, making bowel screening more accessible through community pharmacies across Australia.
Nutrition + Lifestyle Challenge by Bowel Cancer Australia
At Bowel Cancer Australia we understand that sticking to your nutrition and lifestyle goals can be challenging.
That's why we've teamed up with Australian-based company, ClickFit®, to develop a new step-by-step program that provides personalised nutrition and fitness tips, real-time tracking, and support to help you meet your goals.
Bowel Cancer Australia's Nutrition + Lifestyle Challenge is delivered online and helps you take the guesswork out of food and fitness.
Sign up to Bowel Cancer Australia's Nutrition + Lifestyle Challenge today!
Bowel Cancer Australia Atlas
Since 2009, Bowel Cancer Australia has been mapping bowel cancer data to a Local Government Area (LGA) level to help empower local communities in focusing attention on health behaviours that can be improved to reduce bowel cancer risk.
The Bowel Cancer Australia Atlas includes data on a number of bowel cancer risk factors such as smoking, high alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes, which is now increasingly recognised as an independent risk factor for bowel cancer. Read More
Bowel Cancer Australia's Big Bowel
Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open, because one of the most unusual, fun and interesting educational exhibits is about to make an appearance at a location near you!
Bowel Cancer Australia's Big Bowel is on the road.
An astounding 7.0 metres in length and 2.4 metres high, the walk through inflatable Big Bowels exhibition feature some of the pathologies that may be found inside the human colon, including bowel cancer.
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP)
Bowel Cancer Australia is represented on the Australian Government's National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Advisory Group and Communications Working Group, focusing on the roll out of the Program and the development of a national communications framework.
In 2006, the then Minister for Health, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, announced funding for Bowel Cancer Australia to roll-out the first ever national bowel cancer screening campaign, It's Crunch Time™, which promoted participation by eligible Australians in Phase I and II of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Read More
Bowel Cancer Blood & DNA Tests
In August 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cologuard, the first stool-based bowel cancer screening test that detects the presence of red blood cells and DNA mutations that may indicate the presence of certain kinds of abnormal growths that may be cancers such as bowel cancer or precursors to cancer.
In May 2014, Australian researchers presented at an international medical conference in Chicago, Digestive Diseases Week, that the ColoVantage Plasma blood test for bowel cancer could detect 65% of bowel cancer cases increasing to 73% for cancers that are stage II or higher.
Bowel cancer research has been given a major boost with an international study, involving Australia, being awarded funding to investigate the topical area of aspirin and bowel cancer.
The ASCOLT study is one of the successful recipients of Cancer Australia's Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS) with funding coming from Bowel Cancer Australia and Cancer Australia.
ASCOLT provides the opportunity to determine if this relatively cheap and easily accessible medication can reduce the recurrence of bowel cancer and improve survival after surgery.
Free Bowel Cancer Presentations
Bowel Cancer Australia has been supporting companies, organisations and community groups - big and small - raise awareness about bowel cancer among their employees and members all over the country for more than 10 years.
Since 2002, the Rear in Gear program has been taking vital information about the disease direct to company employees, organisations and community group members in their place of work.
Corporate Bowel Cancer Screening
Bowel Cancer Australia's Screen For Life program educates organisations and employers about the importance of taking appropriate practical action towards prevention and early detection of bowel cancer. The program uses an Australian designed and manufactured test kit known as Colovantage® which is clinically proven, sensitive and reliable.
The simple and accurate test can be completed by your employees at home.
Free Workplace Toolkit
To celebrate more than a decade of being in the Aussie workforce, we've revamped our Workplace Toolkit - bowel cancer resources to help those employers who are committed to the health and wellbeing of their employees.
The Rear in Gear Toolkit includes practical information, tips and resources for raising awareness of bowel cancer within the workplace setting and encouraging healthy behaviours, including participation in bowel cancer screening.
A little help can go a long way and Bowel Cancer Australia is pleased to be able to offer support to organisations and community groups who can assist us by hosting a bowel cancer awareness or education event.
These events can be very effective in communicating potentially life-saving facts about bowel cancer, including symptoms to look out for, and easy steps people can take to help protect themselves against the disease.