Catch cancer early through test

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Han­nelore Hep­burn

RES­I­DENTS above the age of 40 are en­cour­aged to take ad­van­tage of Ro­tary’s bowel screen­ing kit dur­ing May to ‘Catch Cancer Be­fore it Catches You’.

Har­vey Ro­tary Club has been sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive to pro­vide test kits at an af­ford­able $15 in co­op­er­a­tion with Har­vey Phar­macy as part of Ro­tary’s an­nual bowel scan pro­gram for many years.

Last year all 60 kits stocked at the phar­macy were sold and sim­i­lar num­bers are ex­pected this month.

Har­vey Ro­tary sec­re­tary Bill Rus­sell said the kits were easy to fol­low, there were no di­etary re­quire­ments be­fore the test and res­i­dents could post it for pathol­ogy test­ing free of charge.

“If you can de­tect bowel cancer early by test­ing for tiny amounts of blood, the chanc- es for a full re­cov­ery are very good,” Mr Rus­sell said.

“Often peo­ple don’t have many symp­toms and we did have a res­i­dent re­turn­ing a pos­i­tive test in the past and his cancer was picked up early.”

Mr Rus­sell said kits were avail­able at Har­vey Phar­macy and other par­tic­i­pat­ing phar­ma­cies un­til the end of May and needed to be posted back by mid-June.

If you can de­tect bowel cancer early by test­ing for tiny amounts of blood, the chances for a full re­cov­ery are very good. - Ro­tary’s Bill Rus­sell

Pic­ture: Han­nelore Hep­burn

Har­vey Ro­tary Club sec­re­tary Bill Rus­sell and Har­vey Phar­macy as­sis­tant Jes­sica Mur­phy urge peo­ple to take ad­van­tage of the bowel scan kit dur­ing May.

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