Simulation of biopsy forceps in a colon.

Our real-time software for surgical simulation supports photo-realistic rendering of medical interventions — in this instance a colonoscope with biopsy forceps.

Keeping your colon healthy

Colorectal cancer, also known as colon or bowel cancer, is the second most common type of internal cancer in Australians, with over 12 500 cases diagnosed every year. (5:56)

  • 8 April 2009 | Updated 4 February 2013

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If detected early, up to 90 per cent of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer will survive beyond five years. However, if the cancer is undetected until a later stage it becomes harder to treat, so survival rates become much lower.

CSIRO’s Preventative Health Flagship is aiming to reduce Australia’s colorectal cancer burden and improve gut health by developing prevention strategies and improving the success rate of existing and emerging therapies.

In this podcast, leading colorectal cancer researcher Dr Trevor Lockett explains the factors that contribute to the risk of colorectal cancer, and how to keep your colon healthy.

National Research Flagships

CSIRO initiated the National Research Flagships to provide science-based solutions in response to Australia’s major research challenges and opportunities. The nine Flagships form multidisciplinary teams with industry and the research community to deliver impact and benefits for Australia.

Read more about Foods to promote gut health and protect against colorectal cancer.