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According to Bowel Cancer Australia, there will be 20,000 cases diagnosed in 2020. The figure for 2007 was 14,234. were detected that otherwise might have become fatal.
Professor Ian Olver, CEO of the Cancer Council Australia, says these results emphasised the program’s potential and a need for federal budget expansion.
Screening involves taking a tiny sample from two separate bowel motions using the at-home test. These are then mailed to a laboratory and analysed for traces of blood which may be invisible to the naked eye, but could be a sign of bowel cancer. If blood is found, the participant is encouraged to speak to their doctor about further testing, which usually involves undergoing a colonoscopy.
Olver says the government is not doing enough to reduce bowel cancer deaths and thousands of people would be diagnosed too late while waiting for authorities to fully implement the program.
He says if the program is extended it will save up to an estimated 30 lives a week.