[hr]Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Australian men and women, affecting more than 14,000 Australians each year. The risk increases with age but it is also one of the more preventable and treatable cancers. It slips under the radar because people don’t like to talk about it but ambassador George Colombaris and his father Jim are working to raise awareness. [hr]
Jim, who has been diagnosed with bowel cancer twice, once when George was just six, and again 10 years later, says the lack of awareness needs to change.[pullQuote]“Dad’s experience has taught me not to take life for granted and has given me a steely determination in life.”[/pullQuote]
“My dad is a bowel cancer survivor. His second diagnosis was a big turning point in my life and I want to share my family’s experience as a way to motivate others to discuss their family history and know their bowel cancer risk,” George says. “Dad’s experience has taught me not to take life for granted and has given me a steely determination in life. I want to use my experience in a positive way to get the message out that a healthy diet, lifestyle and awareness of family history can save lives.”
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, but the Bowel Cancer Association works tirelessly to help reduce risk and improve treatments throughout the year.
The following facts are not only informative, they can change lives.[slideshow_deploy id=’6642′]
See their top 10 facts on bowel cancer and for further information go to www.bowelcanceraustralia.org
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