If you’ve ever had cancer, you’re likely to remember the day you received your diagnosis and the last day of treatment as easily as you remember your own birthday.
When you reach your five-year anniversary, the day can be particularly poignant, because it is often considered a benchmark at which time the chances of cancer returning drops significantly.
The good news is that there are more people celebrating five-year anniversaries than ever before as a result of earlier detection and more effective treatment.
However, anyone who has had cancer faces the possibility of cancer recurrence and has a slightly increased risk of developing another cancer compared to those who have never been diagnosed.
Only 4-in-10 people who received a tax-payer funded screeningtest in the mail during 2016-17 used it, according to the latest data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW).
The results were disappointing, revealing little change in participation rates in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) over recent years.
Between January 2016 and December 2017, only four in ten (41.3%) Australians invited to screen took up the potentially life-saving opportunity.
Participation was lowest in Halls Creek, Western Australia, at just 8%.
The highest uptake was seen in Yorke Peninsula – South, in South Australia, where 59% of those invited to participate returned their samples for testing.
Millions of people around the world will mobilise today (February 4th) to help make progress against the world’s most deadly disease, in recognition of World Cancer Day.
Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of (bowel) cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world.
Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world.
Next Monday is World Cancer Day and we’re calling on all Australians to join the global effort to raise (bowel) cancer awareness and encourage everyone around the world to take action!