If you are between 50 and 74 yrs you should receive a stool testing kit in the post every 2 years. These kits are one of the simplest things you can do to detect cancer early and they change lives. They test for hidden bleeding. If you are 45 -49 yrs old or 75 – 85 you can request a test through a GP.
If you are 50-75 and have not received your test you can ring Bowel Cancer Australia’s Helpline on 1800 555 494.
If you have to or more relatives with Bowel cancer, or have one relative with bowel cancer below 55 yrs of age, you may be at increased risk yourself, and should talk to your GP about other early detection tests (eg colonoscopy).
Did you know you can book a telephone consultation to discuss your concerns about bowel cancer with your family doctor at Reydon Street Medical Centre. Our GPs can advise you about risk reduction, and may be able to arrange faecal blood testing and referral for colonoscopy during this phone call. For now, these telephone calls are bulk billed to Medicare on your behalf.
Red Apple Day is when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through apple themed fundraising activities. If you’ve ever thought about raising funds and awareness for bowel cancer, then Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is the time to do it! Host an apple themed virtual brunch, morning or afternoon tea, dinner or evening catch-up this Red Apple Day.
To learn more about the work Bowel Cancer Australia is doing and how you can help visit https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/