June is Bowel Cancer Screening and Awareness Month
How regular is your rear end? Is your lifestyle keeping your bottom in healthy working order? June turns our attention to Bowel Cancer Awareness and Prevention.
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). This series of letters is your greatest weapon in preventing one of the most prevalent yet avoidable cancers in Australia!
Not sure about your symptoms? This could be why. Bowel cancer usually has no symptoms during its earlier stages, yet it is considered a slow-growing cancer. If there are changes in your bowel habits, keep an eye on these symptoms in particular:
Rectal bleeding (blood in your stool)
Cramping in the abdomen
Unusual tiredness and fatigue
What are some of the risk factors that might cause bowel cancer? If you are over 50 or have a personal or family history of bowel cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, you should pay closer attention to any changes in your bowel habits.
How to prevent bowel cancer?
Give your lifestyle a healthy overhaul. Reduce alcohol intake, quit smoking, eat healthy where possible and stay active.
What else can you do?
Screening is critical in defending yourself against this cancer. Every two years, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program provides a free bowel cancer screening kit to Australians between 50 – 74.
By screening yourself, you give yourself the best chance to keep your bowel healthy or catch the earlier stages of any changes to your bowel habits. Early diagnosis will improve treatment options and regular screening has reduced bowel cancer by 15 – 25% and saved between 300 – 500 lives a year!
So when you receive your kit, it’s important that you complete and return it.
For more information on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program visit http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/