Bowel cancer burden highlighted in latest cancer report

Bowel cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer deaths and the second leading cause of cancer burden in Australia after lung cancer.

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimated 4,114 bowel cancer deaths in 2017 – outnumbering both breast (3,087) and prostate cancer (3,452) deaths.

According to Cancer in Australia 2017, five-year survival for bowel cancer was well below prostate cancer (68.1 v 94.5%) and breast cancer (69.4 v 90.2%).

The report showed substantial room for improvement in early detection with the bowel cancer screening rate of 39% lagging behind breast cancer screening (54%) and cervical cancer screening (57%).

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