16,682 new cases of bowel cancer are estimated to be diagnosed in Australia this year.
Bowel cancer, or colorectal cancer, occurs when abnormal cells in any part of the large bowel grow in an uncontrolled way. The large bowel is made up of the large intestine (colon), rectum and anal canal. This type of cancer may be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where the cancer starts.
Bowel cancer occurs in both males and females. It is estimated that in 2017, 16,682 new cases of bowel cancer (9,127 males and 7,555 females) will be diagnosed, making it the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.