Nothing highlights the importance of early detection like bowel cancer. Causing the second highest number of cancer-related deaths in Australia, bowel cancer claims over 70 victims every week. Yet in 90% of the cases with early detection, treatment is successful.
If you are over the age of 50, regardless of whether you are a man or woman, it’s recommended that you have an annual bowel cancer test. This test is vital for the early detection of bowel cancer, and is important even if you have no symptoms or family history of bowel cancer or polyps.
Most Discount Drug Stores sell BowelScreen Australia® bowel cancer screening tests. These tests are Australian-designed and manufactured, and involve taking a tiny sample from two separate bowel movements and placing them onto a provided card. This card is then sent to a laboratory where the samples are analysed for traces of blood, which could be an early indicator of bower cancer.
If blood is found in the analysis, a letter will be sent to you. Please note that this does not necessarily mean you have bowel cancer, just that further testing is required and that you should make a doctor’s appointment.
If you do experience symptoms such as blood in the stool, recent and persistent changes in bowel habits, general stomach discomfort, frequent gas or pains, unexplained weight loss or if you have a family history of bowel cancer, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
BowelScreen Australia® bowel cancer screening tests are:
- highly accurate
- require no diet or medication restrictions, and completed in the privacy of your own home
To see if your local Discount Drug Store offers this service, search our store locator and contact them today.