Did you know that bowel cancer is the second most common and deadly cancer in Tasmania?
This is because too often bowel cancer is diagnosed after symptoms develop when it is harder to treat.
The good news is that more than 9 out of 10 cases of bowel cancer can be successfully treated if found early.
Every Tasmanian aged 50 to 74 receives a free bowel screening kit at their home address.
This simple test can help stop bowel cancer from developing by finding changes in the bowel or help find cancer in its earlier stages.
For best protection against bowel cancer, you need to do this free test every two years.
Luckily, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program keeps track of this and will send you the test in the mail when it is next due.
This test can be done in the privacy of your own home and it is easy to do.
We are often more likely to look after others, than take time to look after ourselves: only 4 out of 10 Tasmanians are completing and returning their bowel screening kits.
We take time to check in regularly to ensure our friends and family are well – and we do all we can, so they stay well.
But many of us do not stop to consider our own bodies and the need for regular checks so that problems can be prevented or found before they become an issue.
Have you received a National Bowel Cancer Screening kit in the mail?
Don’t put it off – it’s as easy as Poo.Poke.Post.! It could save your life!
Got a question about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program? Call the National Information Line on 1800 118 868.