Bowel cancer affected 1,565 men in 2007, making it the second most common cancer in Queensland men. While it's common the good news is that it is also one of the most treatable cancers if caught early.
Changes in your bowel habits or blood in the toilet are some early warning signs that indicate something needs looking into. Anyone who experiences these symptoms is encouraged to talk to their doctor.
There is also a National Bowel Cancer Screening Program that you can take part in when you turn 50, 55 or 65. All it involves is doing a simple test in the privacy of your own home, and then sending off the samples in the mail.
One of the best ways of protecting yourself from bowel cancer is to stay healthy. Being physically active, keeping a healthy body weight, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, eating plenty of fruit, vegies, high-fibre food and not eating too much red meat can help reduce your risk.
For more information please visit Cancer Council Queensland.