Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, but the good news is 9 out of 10 bowel cancers can be treated, if caught early enough.
Anton Enus was lucky enough to be one of those people who were detected early, after taking part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. He’s now an Ambadassor for Bowel Cancer Australia – and tells his story here.
Last Reviewed: 19/08/2019
Video: Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Video: Sadly, 84 Australians die of bowel cancer each week. However, if caught early 9 out of 10 bowel cancers can be successfully treated. Watch this video to find out more about bowel cancer and hear from Anton Enus how bowel cancer screening allowed his cancer to be detected.
Australians ignoring bowel cancer screening
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, yet many people are ignoring the free screening test.
Video: Bowel cancer - Anton Enus
My first reaction was, I didn’t really believe that. I thought maybe I’m dreaming this, maybe I didn’t hear properly, I’m a bit sort of under anaesthesia and I wasn’t quite understanding what the ENT guy was saying, and then it took a while to sink in.
Bowel cancer prevention
Find out about steps you can take to help avoid bowel cancer, or at least catch it early on when cure is still possible.
Bowel cancer - the second most common type of cancer affecting both men and women in Australia - is cancer that starts in the large bowel (colon) or rectum.