For men… Bowel health

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - LIVEWELL -

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.

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