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The NRL has joined forces with The Gut Foundation, Cancer Council NSW and Bowel Cancer Australia to kick bowel cancer - Australia's second biggest cancer killer.

The 'NRL Kick Bowel Cancer' campaign aims to build awareness, reduce stigmas and educate Australians about the risks associated with bowel cancer.

Through this awareness the Knights and NRL is committed to reducing the number of Australian men and women who unnecessarily lose their lives to bowel cancer.

As a goal this year, the NRL is aiming for 15,000 individuals to take a one minute self-assessment that can be accessed on the NRL Kick Bowel Cancer Website right here.

The stats:

Bowel cancer is Australia's second biggest cancer killer.

Almost 4,000 Australians die from bowel cancer each year.

Bowel cancer is Australia's second most common form of cancer, and affects men and women almost equally.

Almost 15,000 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, 1,058 of whom are under the age of 50.

Bowel cancer is also one of the most curable forms of cancer. If caught early 90% of cases can be treated successfully.