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A UNSW study shows that a large proportion of bowel cancers in Australia are preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle – particularly for men.

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Smokers, disadvantaged groups and people from non-English speaking backgrounds are among those less likely to access bowel cancer screening, research led by a UNSW PhD candidate has found.
 

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Our high ranking on the world scale for the prevalence of the cancer means Australians should take note of WHO warnings on eating red meat, writes Rosemary Stanton.

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Processed meat, including bacon, has been classified as causing cancer in humans while red meat could also be a culprit, according to a new report by the World Health Organization released today.

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Bowel cancer claims more Australian lives than either prostate or breast cancer, yet it is largely preventable. So why are awareness and funding so low, asks Graham Newstead. 

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It's frustrating that patients do not or aren't able to act on results showing their genetic risk factors for cancer, argues Robyn Ward.

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One in three people with newly diagnosed bowel cancer and a genetic predisposition to further cancers would still not take the necessary steps to prevent disease.

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UNSW has been awarded almost seven million dollars in funding for cancer research from the NSW government. UNSW was awarded more than any other institution in the state.

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Prominent businessman and philanthropist Mr Frank Lowy and family have agreed to donate $10 million towards the cost of a major new research facility on the UNSW campus.

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UNSW academic Robyn Ward has been awarded the state's top cancer research accolade.

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