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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

03 Jun 2020

Bowel cancer is Australia's second deadliest cancer and claims the lives of 103 Australian's every week, but it's one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites eligible people starting at age 50 and continuing to age 74 (without symptoms) to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple at home test. AIHW participation data (2018) recently published for WA shows kit return for eligible patients aged 50 - 74 was only 43.8%.

How can general practices support participation?
Research consistently demonstrates that a recommendation from a primary care provider to screen for bowel cancer is an important motivator for participation. General practices can encourage their patients to participate by:

  • displaying brochures, flyers and posters
  • talking to patients aged 50 - 74 years about bowel cancer screening
  • demonstrating how to use a kit
  • sending a letter to 49 year old patients to encourage participation

For more information and for resources to include within your practice, visit the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program page on the Australian Government Department of Health website. Alternatively, your WAPHA Primary Health Liaison can assist you further.

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