Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, develops from the inner lining of the bowel and is usually preceded by growths called polyps, which may become invasive cancer if undetected. Depending on where the cancer begins, bowel cancer may be called colon or rectal cancer.
It is estimated that more than 15,700 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2022. The average age at diagnosis is 69 years old.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, and it is estimated that one in 19 people will be diagnosed by the time they are 85.
Did you know that you can receive free bowel screening between the age of 50 and 74? You should receive an at home kit in the mail every 2 years. If you have not received a kit or have had any change in bowel habits or any symptoms of concern, please contact your doctor today. Our doctors can do comprehensive testing and examination to determine your risk and manage/diagnose any symptoms of concern. It does not matter your age or your gender if there is a change in your bowel habits you should seek medical advice.