June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 77 Australians every week.
Bowel cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia affecting both men and women almost equally and is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer after lung
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive message – saving lives through early detection – as bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.
Bowel Cancer Australia encourages all Australians from age 50, who do not have symptoms or a family history of bowel cancer, to undertake bowel cancer screening every 1 to 2 years.
Physical activity and dietary fibre can also help reduce the risk of bowel cancer.