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Families and Community

Bowel cancer can develop without any symptoms.

The good news is, there is a simple test that can help find bowel changes early. Australians between the ages of 50 and 74 years are sent a free kit in the mail.

If you receive a bowel screening kit in the mail, do it, even if you feel well. It could save your life!

If found early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated.



Resources for families and communities

Have you done the test?

In how many languages can you say 'Have you done the test?' This clip features nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Can you pick them? This free and simple test could save your life.

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Aboriginal Communities – Cancer Council Victoria

A fantastic website of resources, information and support services.

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Stories from Indigenous cancer survivors and families

Reflecting on the cancer journey.

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GP, health worker and patient

Postcard

Start a yarn about bowel screening.

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Bowel Cancer Blues music video

Bowel cancer blues – music video

Do that test you've got nothing to lose, to avoid bowel cancer blues.

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grand mother and grand daughter

Take the test – music video

Music video from the Top End – it’s not shame, it’s just a part of life.

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Muludja

Check ’em – music video

Muludja community spreads the word of doing the test.

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Bruce Loo

Bruce explains how to do the test

Bruce has done the test twice now - it's pretty easy to do.

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Sharon Wallace

Dad died from bowel cancer

Sharon shares the story of how bowel cancer affected her family.

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David Copely

David survived bowel cancer

David wished he'd taken more notice when the kit came in the mail.

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Aboriginal Cancer Journeys

Cancer Council SA - cancer stories of kinship, hope and survival.

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Ernest Brimm

Ernest Brimm’s story

Do the test as soon as it comes in the mail.

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Postcard: Bowel screening is women’s business

This postcard provides information about the importance of bowel screening for women.

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Postcard: Bowel screening is men’s business

This postcard provides information about the importance of bowel screening for men.

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Young girl

Second chance – music video

A bowel cancer survivor encourages others to do a bowel screening test.

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What happens next? If your bowel screening result is positive (for Aboriginal women)

This resource has been produced by SA Health and provides information on 'what happens next - after a bowel screening result is positive'.

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What happens next? If your bowel screening result is positive (for Aboriginal men)

Produced by SA Health, this flipchart explains what happens if you get a positive bowel screening test and your doctor recommends a colonoscopy. This version is for Aboriginal men.

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