Ro­tary cancer mis­sion

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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