Let's Beat Bowel Cancer have teamed up with Bowel Cancer Australia for FOBruary to raise awareness of bowel cancer and encourage more Australians to test for the disease.
FOBruary calls on Australians aged 50 and over to have a FOB Test (Faecal Occult Blood Test) during the month of February to screen for bowel cancer – Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.
Bowel cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable if detected early.
Screening involves a test for bowel cancer in people who do not have symptoms of the disease. The aim is to find any polyps or cancer early when it is easier to treat than at advanced stages.
With a FOB Test, screening for bowel cancer is as easy as Dip. Drop. Done – you just dip the brush in the loo, dab the toilet water on the test card, drop the card in the post and you’re done. It’s that simple.
If you’re 50 and over, you need to screen every 1 to 2 years …it could save your life.
If detected early, around 90 per cent of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully. However, fewer than 40 per cent of bowel cancers are detected early.
BowelScreen Australia® FOB Tests can be obtained in any one of the following ways:
- Click here to make a secure online purchase online.
(Please note the test will cost $39.95, which includes the kit, pathology analysis and result reporting to the participant and their nominated doctor, as well as postage and handling.)
- Visit a participating community pharmacy.
To locate your nearest participating community pharmacy click here.
(Please note the test will cost $21.95 upfront and a $15.40 pathology fee later. This includes the kit, pathology analysis and result reporting to the participant and their nominated doctor, and return postage. Total cost: $37.35)
- Phone 1800 555 494 and quote your credit card number.
- Speak to your GP to discuss your bowel screening options.
A number of well known Australians have given their support campaign including:
|Daryl Somers OAM
Dr Sally Cockburn (aka “Dr Feelgood”)
|Geoff ‘Coxy’ Cox