June is bowel cancer awareness month to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. 14,962 Australians are being diagnosed with bowel cancer each year with 13,647 (or 91%) of whom are aged 50 years and over. It effects both men (55%) and women (45%).
Some risk factors for cancer can be avoided, but many cannot. Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may lower your risk.
If you have an increased risk such a previous history of polyps in the bowel, previous history of bowel cancer, strong family history of bowel cancer talk to your GP about regular surveillance.
If you have any of the symptoms below
Please arrange an appointment with your Doctor to discuss.