Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest killer, claiming 100 lives every week.
About 15,000 people are diagnosed each year, with men and women affected almost equally.
Professor Molloy, Lawrence Penn Chair of Bowel Cancer Research, said research holds the key to a change in patient outcomes, and he’s pleased to see a greater collaboration between the clinical teams within RNSH and scientific researchers.
"This partnership, together with our new world-leading technology in the Kolling, will provide us with a better understanding of how bowel cancer develops and ways to treat it," Mark said.
Professor Molloy is also encouraging everyone over 50 to take advantage of the free home-testing kit provided by the Australian Government.
"These kits are a useful screening tool that can be easily used at home, and save lives by catching cancers early," Mark said.
"When detected early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated in 90 per cent of cases, so I would really encourage people to use the kits, and make sure symptoms, like persistent changes to bowel habits are not ignored."