How common is bowel cancer?
Bowel cancer is common—it kills more people in NSW than prostate cancer, breast cancer or melanoma.
But the good news is if it is detected early - up to 90% of bowel cancer can be treated successfully. That is why the bowel screening program is so important.
Find the latest statistics on bowel cancer incidence and outcomes in NSW.
Who is most impacted by bowel cancer?
In NSW, one in 10 men and one in 14 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.
Our most recent data show 92 per cent of bowel cancers were found in people 50 years and over in NSW.