Why bowel screening is important
Bowel cancer screening can detect cancers at an earlier stage, when treatment can be more successful.
If detected early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated in more than 90% of cases. Earlier diagnosis also means treatment can be less invasive.
Bowel cancer currently kills more people in NSW than prostate cancer, breast cancer or melanoma, and it accounted for 12% of all cancer diagnoses in NSW in 2016.
"Bowel cancer hasn’t had as much publicity as some other cancers, which could be why people underestimate it.
We need to correct the gaps in awareness to significantly increase the numbers of people screening and in turn reduce the numbers of people dying from this disease."
Sarah McGill, Director of Cancer Screening and Prevention