Bowelscan kits set to save lives
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.