According to new data, bowel cancer is causing more mortality cases in rural New South Wales (NSW) than any other area in Australia. The local government areas of Jerilderie and Balranald were ranking the first in the number of mortalities resulted by bowel cancer in the period between 2002-2006, second place was occupied by Gayndah in Queensland, and Boyup Brook in Western Australia.
The data was included in a report released during Bowel Cancer Awareness Week, the report showed that the mortality rates taking place in 670 local government areas throughout Australia. Jerilderie came first with 90.3 mortalities per 100,000 people; it was followed by Balranald with a rate of 71.7. Gayndah were third after recording 57.3 deaths, then came Boyup Brook with 51.9, and Queensland's Paroo on 49. Julien Wiggins, Bowel Cancer Australia CEO, commented on the report saying that it is still unknown why some areas in certain states are showing relatively higher numbers of mortalities. Such as NSW, were the state has five areas among in the top-ten list, in addition to other states such as Victoria and Queensland.
Bowel cancer is accounted to be the second cause of cancer-related mortalities in Australia, as it caused death to 73 people weekly. However, it is still one of the cancers that could mostly be prevented and treated when diagnosed early. Bowel Cancer Australia is encouraging people, aged over 50, to start undergoing a home-screening test to detect bowel cancer as early as possible. Wiggins commented "The whole point of this (campaign) is to get people thinking about bowel cancer at a local level, and hopefully prompt them into action,"