For men… Bowel health
WHY? Bowel cancer affects both men and women, but the rates are slightly higher in men. Regular screening is essential — people who partake in regular screening programs have 16 per cent less chance of dying from bowel cancer than those who don’t. While your risk of bowel cancer increases significantly after you turn 50, rates are increasing in the younger population.
WHAT? Those with a low risk of bowel cancer can do a simple, non-invasive, at-home stool test called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), which tests for traces of blood in the stool. If you have a family history of bowel cancer, you’re recommended to have regular colonoscopies to detect abnormal tissues in the bowel.
HOW OFTEN? The FOBT is currently provided free of charge every two years for those aged 50–to–74 years old.