“In 2008, 26% of colorectal (bowel) cancer patients resided within the southern Melbourne region.”
Colorectal cancer is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in Australia.
Bowel cancer is the most common cancer that affects men and women in Victoria. More than 3500 people are diagnosed each year. Bowel cancer mainly affects people over the age of 50 but can occur at any age.
If caught in time, 90% of bowel cancers can be treated effectively.