Bowel Cancer Facts/

  • Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world
  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia, after lung cancer
  • This year an estimated 15,500 people will be diagnosed with bowel cancer
  • Every 2 hours, bowel cancer claims a life. That’s around 100 people every week or over 5,300 each year
  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer after prostate cancer for men, and breast cancer for women
  • It is estimated 1,800 people under the age of 50 will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2020, representing 11% of the total number diagnosed
  • Detected early, 99% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated or even prevented
  • Fewer than 40% of bowel cancers are detected at an early stage when the likelihood of remaining cancer free is high. Bowel cancers diagnosed at a late-stage (stage 4) can be treated, but the likelihood of remaining cancer free for the five years following successful treatment is significantly lower at 13%