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Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer is a malignant growth that develops primarily inside the large bowel.

Most bowel cancers develop from tiny growths inside the colon or rectum called polyps, which appear to be small spots on the bowel lining. That said, not all of these polyps become cancerous, but if these polyps are removed, the risk of bowel cancer is greatly reduced.

Bowel cancer is prevalent throughout Australia, especially for people over 50.

This disease is a major cause of cancer deaths, with approximately 80 Australians dying from bowel cancer each week. Both men and women are at risk of developing bowel cancer. In Australia, the lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer before the age of 75 years is around 1 in 18 for men and 1 in 26 for women. This is one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.

Risk factors associated with bowel cancer:

  • Age (people over 50 have an increased risk).
  • Family history
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

If you believe you are at risk of developing bowel cancer, please speak to your doctor about your bowel cancer screening options.

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