Bowel cancer: what are the facts?

16 June 2016 | Cancer Council NSW

Bowel cancer is one of those topics we don’t like to talk about but it’s something we shouldn’t ignore. In Australia 16,682 people will be diagnosed with bowel (or colorectal) cancer this year. It’s now the second most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women.

90% of bowel cancer cases occur in people over 50 so if you are over 50 you should get screened every two years. In its early stages, bowel cancer often has no symptoms  so screening is important.

The good news is that changing things like your diet and exercise habits can help prevent bowel cancer.

Here are the facts on bowel cancer – bowel cancer symptoms you should be aware of and the risk factors.


Bowel cancer symptoms and risks


Find out about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Find more information about bowel cancer.

Find information about how you can reduce your risk of bowel cancer.