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Ok, here's the deal:
Bowel cancer is Australia's second-highest cancer killer. And it really shouldn't be.
The thing is, when bowel cancer is detected early, there is a 90% survival rate. It's one of the most easily treatable cancers in its early stages.
The problem is that, too often, the necessary treatment begins too late.
Maybe it's because people don't recognise the signs of bowel cancer. Maybe they're too embarrassed to discuss it with their doctor. Maybe they just assume that they're too young, or that bowel cancer is something that only happens to men.
Whatever the reason, we need to do better. We need to be aware of the warning signs, and look for them. We need to get over our fear of talking about our bowels, and our fears of having our doctors check them (trust me, colonoscopies are not nearly as bad as people think!). We need to stop assuming that we're somehow immune.
So, this year I'm doing this for Deano, who passed away at the age of 26 from bowel cancer.
I'm doing this for Elizabeth, who lost her battle with bowel cancer earlier this year.
I'm doing this for Uncle Mick, who is currently fighting bowel cancer.
I'm doing this for my little sister, Tina, who (as a colitis sufferer like me) is at particularly high risk of contracting bowel cancer.
I'm doing this for the 1 in 13 Australians who are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and for the thousands more who go undiagnosed until it's too late. I'm doing this for the friends and families who must watch their loved ones suffer through this disease unnecessarily.
I'm doing this for the wonderful doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to diagnose and treat this awful disease.
Bowel Cancer Australia supports diagnosis, treatment, research, support and awareness of bowel cancer in a multitude of ways, which you can read about on their website at www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/our-work. Please, consider making a donation to support the excellent work they do. Every little bit helps, and your donation could save lives.
If you can't donate at this time, then please help spread the word (you're welcome to share this page anywhere you think it will do good). Speak with your loved ones about the risks of bowel cancer, the early warning signs, and the benefit of an early diagnosis. Make sure that you discuss any unusual or suspicious bowel activity with your doctor, and get yourself checked out promptly. Don't wait until it's too late.