Screening reminder now comes with birthday greetings

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
According to the Cancer Council, if found early bowel cancer can be successfully treated 99% of the time.
Camera IconAccording to the Cancer Council, if found early bowel cancer can be successfully treated 99% of the time.

On a milestone birthday like 50 you will likely have a party, get some decent presents and probably receive a few cards in the post.

You will also get your first National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test kit, a test which could help save your life.

Cancer Council WA has welcomed an initiative by Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke to remind people to participate in the free bowel screening program.

South West regional education officer Shenae Norris said Mrs Clarke would place a reminder notice in the birthday cards of constituents who were turning 50.

“It is free and easy to do in your own home,” Ms Norris said.

“Unfortunately, many people in the region tend to ignore the kit, with data suggesting only 45 per cent participate in the free screening program.”

Ms Norris said bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia, especially for people aged over 50, and this initiative could help save lives.

“If found early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated 99% of the time,” she said.

“Screening is really important because it can pick up early stage bowel cancer before symptoms develop.”

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