Imminent bowel cancer surge prompts call to renew screening program

AUSTRALIA'S incidence of bowel cancer is predicted to surge by 50% over the next decade, underscoring the need for early detection through screening, the Cancer Council Australia says.

The number of Australians developing bowel cancer would rise from about 14,000 to 21,000 a year, according to a new forecast taking account of increasing obesity and the ageing population.

This forecast comes as a cloud hangs over the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, as its funding expired at the end of last year without an indication from the Government about its