Bowel cancer is the most common cancer affecting both men and women in Western Australia ( for every 12 people, one person will be diagnosed with bowel cancer).

The message from Bowel Cancer Australia for this year's promotion is regarding the increase in people under 50 years of age being diagnosed, and the more significant disease they have at diagnosis possibly due to significant delays in reporting symptoms to be investigated ( 200 people  who had been diagnosed with bowel cancer under 50 years of age were surveyed,  one third had waited at least three months to seek medical advice and a significant number had advanced disease at diagnosis).

If you have abdominal pain, blood in bowel motions or a change in bowel pattern that has lasted more than two weeks, see your GP regardless of your age.

Bowel Cancer Australia estimates that lifestyle factors contribute to at least 66-75% of bowel cancers, and this may account for the rising number of younger people diagnosed with  bowel cancers. . You can reduce your risk by:


  • Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and other sources of fibre ( legumes, wholegrain breads and cereals)
  • Exercising at least 30 to 60 minutes per day
  • Limiting red meat intake to 3-4 meals per week and avoiding processed meats
  • Drink in moderation
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don't smoke
  • Limit foods that are high in animal fats and sugar

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