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We know it’s possible to save many lives because even though bowel cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer-related death in Australia, it is also the most preventable.

Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer (formerly known as Tackling Bowel Cancer) was established in 2001 by Professor Adrian Polglase, a colorectal surgeon at Cabrini. The inspiration emerged from the great tackling strength of Trevor Barker, former captain of the St Kilda Football Club who died from bowel cancer at age 39.

Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer (LBBC) is a not-for-profit initiative of Cabrini Health that raises funds to significantly lower incidence, and deaths and improve the quality of life for bowel cancer patients through public awareness, research and medical advances.  Managed and administered by a dedicated Committee, chaired by Professor Paul McMurrick together with Cabrini Foundation and Cabrini Research, LBBC supports the bowel cancer research activities of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery. More information about these research activities can be found here.

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LBBC is uniquely placed to promote bowel cancer awareness and support vital clinical research because Cabrini treats more than twice the number of bowel cancer patients than any other private or public hospital in Victoria.

As we do not receive any government funding, LBBC relies on the generosity of the community through philanthropic support to achieve these goals. We are very grateful to those who support the activities of LBBC and we are particularly indebted to our Patrons, Ambassadors, sponsors and philanthropic donors for their continued and ongoing support.

With your help we can beat bowel cancer!


A world where Australians are not affected from preventable or treatable bowel cancer.


To improve the quality of life for bowel cancer patients through research and medical advances, leading to fewer deaths and incidences.

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