Learn more about this type of cancer and help prevent it.
Did you know that 1 in 12 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer by the age of 85
What is Bowel Cancer?
Lifestyle factors that contribute to this disease
· Getting older – bowel cancer more commonly affects people aged 50 and over.
· Bowel diseases – people who have an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, have a significantly increased risk.
· Lifestyle factors – being overweight, doing little physical activity, a diet high in fat or animal products, alcohol consumption and smoking can play a part.
· Strong family history – bowel cancer can run in the family. Whether you’re at increased risk depends on who was diagnosed and at what age.Inheriting a rare genetic disorder – See next page for more information about familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer