Recently it was National Bowel Cancer Awareness week and the crusade for the early detection and prevention of the disease came to the Riverina.
Advertising guru John Singleton headed and launched the campaign in Wagga on behalf of the Gut Foundation calling for all men and women aged over 40 to have a bowel cancer screening in an effort to reduce unnecessary deaths from the
Mr Singleton was joined in Wagga by his son jack and local AFL legend, winner of a Brownlow Medal and former captain of the Sydney Swans, Paul Kelly.
Paul Kelly jumped at the opportunity to be part of the campaign by starring in the Gut Foundations television ads that were shot in Wagga Wagga, his home town, recently.
“Cancer affects most of us,” he said when asked why he wanted to get behind this campaign.
“Recently my dad had it so it (taking part) all made sense, especially with the launch in Wagga.”
The Riverina Bowel Cancer Prevention program, The Gut Foundation and Murrumbidgee Medicare Local are all working together to bring this message home to families and individuals in the area.
President of the Gut Foundation, Prof. Terry Bolin stressed the importance of early detection.
“We are focusing on people aged 40 and over, which is 10 years younger than the national standard for bowel cancer screening, however, isolating screening to the over 50 bracket means missing 10 percent of cases,” he said.
Screening kits are now available at your local GP. You just need to make an appointment and ask for a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) to take home and follow the instructions given by your doctor.