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Australia is one of nine countries, including the United States and New Zealand, where bowel cancer diagnoses and death rates are dropping according to new research.

In contrast, incidence and mortality rates of bowel cancer in low and middle-income countries transitioning toward a Western lifestyle are spiking, according to the research published in medical journal Gut, this week.

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Bowel Cancer Australia will be joining forces with Australians across the country beginning today to help raise funds and awareness about the disease which kills more than 2,200 men each year, for Decembeard® 2015 (Dec 1st – 31st).
In a bid to get Aussies talking about the cancer that will affect one in 10 Australian men in their lifetime, the charity has created the Decembeard website as part of a national awareness drive, where visitors can sign up to take the Decembeard® challenge and grow a beard or sponsor someone who is.
"Bowel cancer is the third biggest cancer killer of men," said colorectal surgeon, A/Prof Graham Newstead AM.
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The majority of young Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer – the country's second biggest cancer killer – are unaware about their risk and are being diagnosed too late, according to a new Bowel Cancer Australia survey released today.
Interim results from the Never Too Young survey, the first-of-its-kind on early-onset bowel cancer, also found that more than half of patients were first diagnosed with Stage 3 or 4 of the disease.  This means the cancer has already spread beyond the bowel to lymph nodes or other organs.
Bowel Cancer Australia chief executive Mr Julien Wiggins said the findings, which have been released to mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this June, are alarming considering bowel cancer can be successfully treated if detected early.
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For the first time, people turning 70 and 74 in 2015 will be sent a potentially life-saving invitation as the Federal Government's National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) adds these two ages to its free program.
This means people aged 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 74 are now eligible to participate in the Program.
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The first commercially available blood test for bowel cancer is being trialled in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
Early research has shown the blood test can detect at least 65% of bowel cancer cases. It is primarily intended for people who cannot, or will not, carry out recommended screening with a faecal immunochemical test (FIT).
Bowel Cancer Australia spokesperson Associate Professor Graham Newstead AM said he welcomed the pilot project for the new test.
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