‘Tackle bowel cancer before it tackles you’
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.