Despite being a treatable disease if caught early enough, bowl cancer still kills around 4,000 Australians every year.
Bowel cancer (colorectal cancer) is caused by polyps forming on the walls of the intestines and growing into the intestinal cavity. Most of these polyps are benign (non-cancerous), but some known as “adenomas” can become malignant over time.
Risk factors for bowel cancer include family history, obesity, low fibre diets, smoking and sedentary lifestyles and those over 50 are most at risk. Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of bowel cancer, but it is a treatable disease if diagnosed in time. Red Apple Day is designed to raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms amongst ordinary Australians and encourage them to seek early diagnosis and treatment.
When did Red Apple Day first start?
Red Apple Day is the brainchild of Bowel Cancer Australia, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funding research into bowel cancer.
From humble beginnings, Bowel Cancer Australia has grown to become the leading community-funded charity dedicated to bowel cancer prevention, early diagnosis, research, treatment and care.
Bowel Cancer Australia runs critical programs around Australia, is involved in collaborations around the world and is committed to making a real change across the entire continuum of care.
What is Red Apple Day?
Held in June each year during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, Red Apple Day is an awareness day for bowel cancer with a symbolic message. The red apple (Bowel Cancer Australia’s logo) is actually an abstract representation of a human colon and the small hole in the apple represents the worm (cancer). The date for 2017 is 21 June.
If detected early enough and removed, the worm is unable to continue affecting the health of the apple. The same is true for bowel cancer, which is preventable, treatable and beatable if detected in time.
How can you get involved?
Bowel Cancer Australia encourages everyone to get involved with Red Apple Day. This could include:
- Organising and hosting an apple-themed fundraising event such as a sporting event, auction, concert or dance.
- Purchasing Red Apple pins and Bowel Cancer Awareness ribbons from the Bowel Cancer Australia online store.
- Selling Red Apple pins and Bowel Cancer Awareness ribbons to friends, family and work colleagues.
- For more details about Red Apple Day, visit www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/red-apple-day.
- For more details on planning a Red Apple Day fundraiser, go to www.redappleday.org/planning-your-fundraiser.
- To purchase Red Apple Day pins or ribbons, visit the Bowel Cancer Australia online store at www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/shop.
- To sell Red Apple Day pins or ribbons, go to www.redappleday.org/sell-apple-pins.