Bowel Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of bowel cancer in our society through awareness, education, support and research. We aim to help save lives from this common cancer, Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel cancer affects men and women equally, of any age. 78 people die every week from the disease, and 1 in 12 of us will receive a bowel cancer diagnosis during our lifetime.
Bowel Cancer Australia aims to achieve our mission by:
- Funding cutting edge research into bowel cancer and gastrointestinal diseases;
- Establishing Australia’s inaugural endowed Chair in Bowel Cancer Research and associated Centre of Excellence in Gastrointestinal Research;
- Implementing awareness campaigns and education programs in conjunction with gastrointestinal specialists to reduce the incidence of bowel cancer and gastrointestinal diseases in the workplace and community;
- Encouraging participation by Australians in appropriate screening for bowel cancer in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) guidelines; and
- Providing a support network for patients, their families and carers, including a nurse and nutritionist advisory service.
Charity initiatives such as Bowel Cancer Awareness Month®, BowelScreen Australia® and the Healthy Community Program raise awareness among health professionals and the community about the importance of early detection and intervention in the successful treatment of bowel cancer.
Through our ‘Love My Family’ Community, we provide support, resources and advocacy for bowel cancer patients, their carers, close relatives and friends.
To do all this, we rely on public support.
For further information, please visit http://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/.