Since lockdown, many of us have struggled to juggle life’s challenges – with working from home and home schooling, it may feel like our to-do lists are ever expanding. However, there are some tasks too valuable to be ignored, like completing your bowel cancer screening test.
If you’re aged 50-74, this home screening test kit will land in your mailbox every two years courtesy of the Australian Government. This blue and white envelope contains everything you need to screen for bowel cancer in the safety of your own home. With most of us spending more time at home than ever before, now is the perfect time to find your test and complete it.
Less than 43 per cent of eligible people completed this lifesaving test last year. The test is easy, safe and hygienic – no risk of getting it wrong or making a mess. We’ve been told that staying at home saves lives, staying at home and completing the bowel screening test could save yours.
Tragically bowel cancer takes the lives of around 100 Australians each week; it is the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia. And if you’re aged 50 and over, your risk of developing bowel cancer is greater.
The good news is that over 90% of bowel cancers can be treated successfully if found early. That’s why this home screening test is so valuable, it gives you the best chance of finding bowel cancer early. It could save your life.
The envelope contains everything you need to complete the test in your home - instructions, a flushable toilet liner, collection tube and stick, a sanitary zip lock bag and reply paid envelope. There are four simple steps to follow:
Doing the test gives you peace of mind.
If you receive a positive test, it means that blood was found in your sample – it does not necessarily mean that you have cancer, but it does need to be investigated.
It will be safe to attend follow-up appointments, don’t delay because of COVID-19. Health services in Victoria are undertaking extra hygiene practices to ensure your safety.
Now is the perfect time to tick bowel screening off your to-do list, don’t put off the chance to save your life.
To find out more visit bowelcancer.org.au