Bowel Cancer

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?

It is when cancer starts to grow inside the lining of the large bowel.

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

Red Apple Day

Thursday, June 18th 2015 at 12am


This all day fundraiser encourages Australians to wear a red apple badge, and all funds go to finding a cure, and stop cancer.

Why Red Apple?

When a worm starts to crawl inside an apple, the apple is no longer edible. But if the worm is taken off the apple earlier, it is edible. This symbolises Bowel Cancer. If the cancer spreads, the person is no longer curable. But if the cancer was discovered earlier, the person would have been cured.

Symptoms of Bowel Cancer

If you happen to see blood or mucus in your faeces (poo), continuous diarrhoea or constipation, bloating or cramps and constant fatigue, you must see a doctor as soon as possible.