Don’t put off bowel test­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BOWEL can­cer pa­tients in re­gional ar­eas have been found to ex­pe­ri­ence poorer sur­vival rates and worse clin­i­cal man­age­ment than those in metro ar­eas, high­light­ing an ur­gent need for peo­ple to get tested.

A study re­viewed 43 pub­lished re­search ar­ti­cles from 1990 to 2016. More than 3000 Queens­lan­ders are di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer each year, and about 1000 die from it.

Can­cer Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple over 50 to par­tic­i­pate in the Na­tional Bowel Can­cer Screen­ing Pro­gram.

In­for­ma­tion is avail­able at can­cerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.

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