Bowel cancer is thesecondmost commoncause of cancer-related death in Australia, after lung cancer.
Bowel cancer is thedeadliest cancerand thefifth leading cause of deathoverallfor Australians aged25-44.
15,206Australians arediagnosedwith bowel cancer each year, 1,542 (10%) of whom are under the age of 50.
5,255Australiansdiefrom bowel cancer each year-101 people a week. 292 (5%) are under the age of 50.
Detected early, 99%of bowel cancers can be successfully treated or even prevented
There has been a186% increasein bowel cancer cases in adolescents and young adults (15-24 years) over the past three decades.
For around 30% of bowel cancer cases, there is a family history of hereditary contribution.
Thefive-year relative survivalfor young Australians aged 15-24 diagnosed with bowel cancer is 87.3%, which means young people have around an eight in ten chance of surviving five years after diagnosis relative to comparable people in the general population.
Of those diagnosed with young-onset bowel cancer, over86% experience symptoms.
Young-onset bowel cancers are often diagnosed at later stages, suggesting the increased incidence is real and not representative of a shift in age at diagnosis attributable to earlier detection.
Fewer than 40% of bowel cancers are detected at an early stagewhen the likelihood of remaining cancer-free is high. Bowel cancers diagnosed at a late stage (stage 4) can be treated, but the likelihood of remaining cancer-free for the five years following successful treatment is significantly lower at 13%.
Statistics from Bowel Cancer Australia (February 2022)
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