The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre fully supports Bowel Cancer Australia in promoting June as Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.
Bowel cancer (also known as Colorectal Cancer) is the second most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
15,151 Australians are told they have bolwe cancer each year, including 1,091 people under the age of 50.
Bowel cancer claims the lives of 3,980 Australian's every year, including 209 people under the age of 50.
Bowel cancer risk rises sharply and progressively from age 50 and for around 25 % of all bowel cancer cases there is a family history or hereditary contribution.
90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully if found early - fewer than 40% are detected early.
Bowel cancer patients currently have a 5 year survival rate of 66% which lags well behind other patients with common cancers such as breast, melanoma and prostate cancer with survival rates of around 90%.
Bowel cancer cases are increasing with a predicted 20,000 for 2020.
Any bowel symptoms such as blood in the bowel movement, unexplained weight loss, persistant change in bowel habit, severe abdominal pain? Please make sure you make an appointment to see your GP.
You can arrange an appointment at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre by phoning 9650 4833 or booking online.
Please visit the Bowel Cancer Australia website for more information.