A simple test could save your life

Ian Campbell from the Rotary Club of Lismore West is encouraging people to take a Bowelscan test during Bowel Cancer Screening Week, which runs from March 4-11.

Bowel cancer is one of the most common and potentially deadly forms of cancer in Australia, which is why local Rotary clubs are offering a simple test for early detection that could save your life.

The Bowelscan test was developed by Dr Bill Brand from the Rotary Club of Lismore in the early 1980s, and is now offered right across Australia as an effective means of detecting colo-rectal cancers and pre-cancerous polyps.

The home test, aimed at people over 50 but designed for people of any age, is simple, painless and takes just a few minutes.

Last year more than 11,000 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer and the disease accounted for 4,600 deaths, which is pretty alarming, said Dr Malcolm Tester from the Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise. The World Health Organisation has said the only way to reduce the death rate is early detection and early treatment, and thats what Bowelscan is all about. Five minutes of your time and $6 could save your life.

Bowelscan kits will be available from this Saturday, March 4 until next Saturday, March 11, at the following locations: Lismore Central, Lismore Square, the Goonellabah Shopping Village, Ballina Fair, East Ballina Pharmacy, Terry White Chemist and Main Street Pharmacy in Alstonville, Casino Shopping Plaza, Coraki Hospital, the Evans Head Neighbourhood Centre, Woodburn Pharmacy and the NRMA in Broadwater.


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