Bowel (colon and rectum) cancer

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, we can provide the information you need, whether you're making a decision about treatment, looking for support, or just need to understand the basics.

Bowel cancer, also known as colon, rectal and colorectal cancer, affects your digestive system. If you're worried about bowel cancer, it's best to first understand the facts.

Knowing the symptoms of bowel cancer is important. We'll help you understand what's happening to your body and explain how bowel cancer is diagnosed.

The main treatments for bowel cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapy and radiotherapy. Find out what these treatments are and how they work.

Living with bowel cancer can be difficult, but there's help. We assist you in finding support and in understanding how to stay healthy.

The exact cause of bowel cancer is unknown, but there are risk factors that can increase your chance of developing the disease. Learn about changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your risk of bowel cancer.

Download our booklets and factsheets, including information about cancer types, treatments, side-effects, emotional effects, financial information and more.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is bowel cancer awareness month. For more information, visit our bowel cancer awareness pages.

Call our National Cancer Helpline

Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm