Buy a Bowelscan Kit to save a life
MEN and women aged 35 and over are being urged to take the simplest of tests this month which could save their life.
The Rotary Clubs of Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour South, Sawtell, Woolgoolga and Dorrigo are once again pooling resources for Bowel Scan Week, with their Bowelscan Kit now recognised as World Standard for a mass screening programme.
It costs $8 but has been proven to be a very cheap and effective insurance policy.
Figures show that in the past 25 years in Rotary District 9650 the tests have detected 556 cancers.
Luckily 70% of those have been early stage and therefore treatable with a 90% chance of cure.
A well there has been a 22% reduction in mortality for those who's cancers were detected via Bowelscan testing compared to the NSW Cancer registry figures.
Bowel cancer occures in one in 19 men and one in 27 Ausrtalian women qand is the nation's most common internal cancer.
Pharmacies across the Coffs Coast are selling Bowelscan kits until May 31, with June 3 being the last date for pickups for pathology.