Rotary cancer mission
BOWEL cancer affects around one in 20 people but can be curable if caught early.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, when caught early bowel cancer has a 90 per cent survival rate.
It currently kills more than 4000 Australians a year but Rotary is helping improve the survival rate with its bowelscan program.
The bowelscan program provides low cost, easy to use testing kits to all Australians that can help detect cancer earlier.
The program was launched in 1982 and thousands of Australians have benefited from it over the years.
Initially the kits were available only through a network of participating pharmacies across the country but, for the first time this year, the bowelscan program kits are available online.
Rotarians will collaborate with pharmacies and Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology until June 28 to offer test kits for only $15 at pharmacies or $18 online.
“Because Sullivan Nicolaides offer free test kit processing we are able to lower the price for people under 50 from $40 to just $15 making them more accessible for people,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said of the 3000 test kits sold in Queensland in 2017, there was an 85 per cent return which yielded just over 300 positives.
For more information, visit rotarybowelscan.com.au.