The urgency of saving lives through bowel cancer screening

Ian N Olver and Graeme P Young
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10476
Published online: 7 May 2012

While the government’s implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program remains stalled, Australians are dying unnecessarily

One in 12 Australians will develop colorectal cancer (CRC), and it is the second most common cause of cancer death. It is one of only three cancers for which organised population screening is recommended, and it is the first to include men.1

  • Ian N Olver1
  • Graeme P Young2

  • 1 Cancer Council Australia, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Flinders Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.


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