BOWEL CANCER – A SIMPLE HOME TEST COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia and kills up to 80 Australians each week. Up to 90% of these can be avoided if diagnosed early.
If you are over 50 years old you are at increased risk. Luckily if you are between 50 and 74 years of age, you should have received a simple Bowel Cancer Screening home test kit in the mail. You should perform one of these tests every two years. If you have not received one already, call the
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Information Line on 1800 118 868.
The doctors at Reydon Street Medical Centre are able to help you access bowel cancer screening if you are not eligible for the free home test kit.
Some groups of patients should speak directly to their doctor and not wait to be sent a test kit. These include patients who have:
- visible bleeding or black stool (poo)
- have family members with bowel (colo-rectal) cancer
- previous colon polyps.
Received you test kit and not sure what to do?
Watch this short video
See our on-line booking page to make an appointment
Information from http://bowelcancer.org.au and the Cancer Council