‘Tackle bowel can­cer be­fore it tack­les you’

Whitsunday Times - - LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD -

FOR the fi­nal days of June, Bowel Can­cer Aware­ness Month, Air­lie Beach Day and Night Chemist urges lo­cals to “tackle bowel can­cer it be­fore it tack­les you”.

Bowel can­cer is the sec­ond largest cause of can­cer deaths in Aus­tralia, with this coun­try hav­ing the un­en­vi­able record of one of the high­est rates of bowel can­cer in the world.

By the time peo­ple reach the age of 85, one in 12 peo­ple will be di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer and ev­ery week some 286 new cases are di­ag­nosed.

Of these, 77 will die from the dis­ease.

The good news is that bowel can­cer is one of the most cur­able types of can­cer if de­tected early, and if caught in time, 90 per cent of bowel can­cer cases can be treated suc­cess­fully. How­ever, at the mo­ment only about 40 per cent of bowel can­cers are de­tected early so we need to start act­ing early and be aware of the symp­toms ear­lier.

Sadly, most cases are not de­tected un­til a later stage and so, over­all, close to only 60 per cent of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease sur­vive five years.

Most bowel can­cers de­velop from non-can­cer­ous growths of tis­sue called ‘polyps’.

Air­lie Beach Day and Night’s Self Care phar­ma­cists can give you more in­for­ma­tion about is­sues af­fect­ing your bowel. The Self Care phar­macy has a range of fact cards in­clud­ing ones which cover the top­ics of fi­bre and bowel health. They can also ad­vise you about bowel can­cer screen­ing test kits which are de­signed for peo­ple who do not have any ob­vi­ous symp­toms of the dis­ease.

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