Did you get the message last month?
Bowel cancer is the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Australia, and the second biggest killer after lung cancer.
According to the Bowel Cancer Atlas of Australia, the Macedon Ranges experiences 7.8 deaths per 100,000, which is higher than the Victorian state and non-metropolitan averages.
But the positive message from Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is that we can save lives through early detection. Although it claims the lives of 77 Australians every week, it’s one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.
And because many bowel cancer cases are linked to modifiable diet and lifestyle factors we can do something about prevention.
Our GPs have bowel screening kits available here at Kyneton Medical Centre. And you can have a chat to your doctor about the step-by-step changes you can make to reduce your risks.
The recommendation is that people over 50 do a screening test and repeat it every one to two years. It’s easy and can be done in the privacy of your own home.