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Easy to test for common cancer

Friday, 3rd June, 2011

EARLY DETECTION: Outback Pharmacy Group pharmacist Lloyd Smith, Cancer Care Co-ordinator Sandra Turley and Psychologist Jen Carter with a bowel cancer screening kit. EARLY DETECTION: Outback Pharmacy Group pharmacist Lloyd Smith, Cancer Care Co-ordinator Sandra Turley and Psychologist Jen Carter with a bowel cancer screening kit.

A booth will be set up in the hospital foyer today to give out information about bowel cancer.

Bowel screening kits will be available for purchase from cancer services staff who will be manning the booth from 9am to 3pm.

The hospital has joined forces with the BH Outback Pharmacy Group to promote bowel screening and screening kits during Bowel Cancer Awareness Week.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Week lets people know about the disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week. 

It is the most common cancer in Australia and is the nation's second biggest cancer killer after lung cancer.

The message this week is about early detection. If found early, bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer.

Outback Pharmacy Group pharmacist, Lloyd Smith, said the week brings to light the message of getting screened.

"It is an important message, especially those aged over 50 who should get tested yearly," Mr Smith said.

"Screening for bowel cancer is non-invasive and very simple. I can't stress enough the benefits of getting tested, and especially for people with a family history of bowel cancer, regardless of age.

"The kits are really easy to use, where the old kits were quite evasive. There is no dieting restrictions, no medical restrictions, no faecal handling."

The hospital's Cancer Services and the BH Outback Pharmacy group will be available until June 11 to speak to the public about bowel screening and give information about bowel cancer.

Staff will also be at the South Pharmacy on Thursday, June 9, and at CP Peoples on Friday, June 10, from 9am to 1pm both days. Bowel screening kits will be available for purchase also.

"It is a good thing, with how hard it is to get in (to see a GP). But it doesn't replace regular GP consults," Mr Smith said.

Kits can be obtained from GPs or at CP Peoples Chemist, Tembys Pharmacy or South Pharmacy.

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