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Why is bowel screening important?

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29 August 2017

It might seem shaming, but we need to make it ok to talk about bowel screening.

Why is bowel screening important?

Bowel cancer is common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. If found early, up to 90 percent of cases can be treated successfully.

Often bowel cancer has no obvious symptoms. Bowel screening can detect changes to the bowel long before a patient notices any problems.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have low participation rates in bowel screening and are more likely to have late stage cancer by the time they are diagnosed – when the cancer is much more difficult to treat successfully.

Bowel cancer is one of the most treatable cancers – if it’s found early.

A simple test can help find changes in the bowel long before any symptoms occur. People aged between 50 and 74, are sent a free bowel screening test in the mail under the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).

Call the Program Info Line on 1800 118 868 to check your eligibility for a free kit, if you are eligible a kit will be sent to you. Or you can check your eligibility for receiving the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program kit on the Program website.

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