May is Rotary Bowelscan month when bowel cancer test kits are distributed state wide.
2018 marks Victoria’s 31st year of involvement in this public screening program which is locally co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Seymour.
Bowel cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the wall of the large bowel grow in an uncontrolled way.
Cancer Australia predicts that this year in excess of 17000 cases of bowel cancer will occur nationally to become the second most diagnosed cancer in the country.
Bowel cancer screening involves testing people prior to the emergence of any symptoms with the aim of discovering the presence of abnormal cells prior to their spread beyond the bowel wall.
Last year’s Bowelscan test kits returned several positive results.
The kits are easy to use in the privacy of the home, cost $15 each and may be purchased from pharmacies.
Regular annual testing is the key to early detection of bowel cancer and Rotary Club of Seymour urges all community residents to participate in this vital project.