Bowel cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. The awareness campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month happens in June each year and offers a stark reminder of the importance of early intervention and regular testing, including the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
According to the Cancer Council, about 15,500 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year, and although it is most common in people over 50, it can develop at any age. Bowel cancer claims the lives of 5,255 people a year.
Bowel cancer typically develops in the inner lining of the bowel and usually begins with growths called polyps, which may become cancerous if left undetected. While the risk of developing bowel cancer increases with age, if detected early there is a better chance of it being treated successfully.
Online publication, Starts at 60 sat down with the experts for an in-depth look at the symptoms, risk factors and what steps to take to prevent bowel cancer developing. Read the full article featuring Anatomical Pathologist and Ambassador for Pathology Awareness Australia, Dr Nick Musgrave
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