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Finding and preventing bowel cancer (VIC) (fact sheet)

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second biggest cancer killer in Australia (after lung cancer). 90% of bowel cancers can be cured if found early. It provides information on simple, at home test every two year, if you are aged 50 or over. Regular screening is important because bowel cancer can develop without noticeable symptoms.

Year first published or reviewed: 2013

Last updated on: 09-07-2015
By: Cancer Council VIC


Cancer Council VIC

Cancer Council

Primary Audience / Population Groups

Specifically written for:
Men, Women
Target Group(s):
General Public, Partners, family and friends of people with cancer, People with Cancer

Focus Of Resource

Cancer Type:
Bowel / Colorectal Cancer
Area of focus:
Diagnosis, Prevention (Alcohol & Drugs, Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Weight, Nutrition, Tobacco), Screening and early detection (Bowel)

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