Since 2009, Bowel Cancer Australia has been mapping bowel cancer data to a Local Government Area (LGA) level to help empower local communities in focusing attention on health behaviours that can be improved in order to reduce bowel cancer risk.
The Bowel Cancer Australia Atlas currently includes data on a number of bowel cancer risk factors such as smoking, high alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes, which is now increasingly recognised as an independent risk factor for bowel cancer. Bowel cancer deaths and participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) are also mapped on the Atlas.
The Atlas maps data to a national, state and territory level as well and is is updated annually with data taken from the most recent publicly available sources.
Bowel Cancer Australia hopes this information will provide an opportunity for local communities to focus attention on health behaviours that could be improved.
Please note: citations must refer to the "Bowel Cancer Australia Atlas".