Only 40 per cent of Aussies who receive the Government’s free bowel cancer screening kit are actually using it

And it’s not because we’re embarrassed. The Cancer Institute of New South Wales found 40 per cent of over-50’s who’d received a National Bowel Cancer Screening Program kit, but hadn’t used it, said it was because they “didn’t have time” (considering the test takes all of three minutes, we find that hard to believe!) 

Another 15 per cent said they forgot about the test (probably still sitting in the back of the drawer), while 10 per cent decided not to do it because they had recently had a clean colonoscopy result. 

Just three per cent said they felt it was too embarrassing. 

Take the time 

This is despite people taking part in the Program – which is free and delivered to your home for everyone aged 50 to 74 every two years – being almost twice as likely to have the cancer diagnosed and treated earlier. 

All the test requires is a stool sample that is sent to a lab. If there is any problems detected, you need to follow up with your doctor for further testing. 

It’s straightforward stuff so there’s no excuses – even if you have had a colonoscopy. 

What’s five minutes when it could save your life? 

You can find more information about the test here

 

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Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

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Ian Horswill

Journalist

Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

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Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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Jill Donaldson

Physiotherapist

Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

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Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.