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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and a reminder that while some people may find it embarrassing, bowel cancer is a topic that should be discussed with your doctor, especially when you are over 50 years of age.

If found early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. Yet, bowel cancer screening rates remain low when compared to other cancers, despite the introduction of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) which offers a free ‘at home’ screening kit to eligible Australians aged 50 - 74 years old.

Bowel Cancer is Australia's second deadliest cancer, claiming the lives of over 80 Australians every week. In our region, bowel cancer screening rates remain lower than the state average at 36.6%, compared to the NSW average of 37.8%

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Hawkesbury is a Bowel Cancer Hot Spot

This Seniors Week, we want the message out there that cancer screening saves lives.

Recent data projections released by Cancer Institute NSW has found that by the end of the year, the Hawkesbury will have the highest rate of bowel cancer in the Sydney region. If found early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. Yet, bowel cancer screening rates remain low when compared to other cancers, despite the introduction of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) which offers a free ‘at home’ screening kit to eligible Australians aged 50 - 74 years old.

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.
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