Bow­elscan kits set to save lives

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

BOW­ELSCAN kits are avail­able from lo­cal pharmacies un­til June 8 for just $7.Bowel can­cer is the sec­ond-most com­mon can­cer af­fect­ing both men and women, fol­low­ing only be­hind skin can­cer, with over 10,000 peo­ple di­ag­nosed with it ev­ery year and one per­son dy­ing from the can­cer ev­ery two hours. Bow­elscan was de­vel­oped by Ro­tary in Aus­tralia in the early 1980s and is now ac­cepted as an ef­fec­tive bowel can­cer/ polyp screen­ing pro­gram. Early bowel can­cer can have min­i­mal or no symp­toms and it may not be no­ticed un­til it is too late to be cured. Through the test­ing, early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of blood in the bow­els can make an ef­fec­tive re­duc­tion of the in­ci­dence of bowel can­cer. Most bowel can­cers arise from polyps which are be­nign and if de­tected and re­moved early, can­cer is pre­vented with­out surgery. Re­tired Moss­man phar­ma­cist John Anich said th­ese kits are the best de­fence in the early de­tec­tion of this silent killer.

‘‘Th­ese kits can help save lives,’’ he said.

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