Flash mob encourages Aussies to ‘Join the Bowel Movement’
A compilation of musical references to motions and movements is the attention-grabbing finale for Bowel Cancer Awareness Week (3-9 June) 2012.The year’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Week has been about getting people to join The Bowel Movement to spread important messages about bowel cancer prevention and early detection.
People in Brisbane’s Queen Street mall were the first to witness the spectacle of choristers from The Queensland University Musical Society (QUMS) who performed a mash up of various ‘move’ songs, including their twist on My Girl (My Bowel).
Bowel Cancer Australia’s chief executive Mr Julien Wiggins said it was a great opportunity to partner with the Queensland Bowel Cancer Screening Program (QBCSP) and do something a little different.
“It’s time the community found its voice for a disease that is the second biggest cancer killer of Australians,” he said.
“New research has shown that about half of 40-70 year olds do not know enough about bowel cancer to take action that could either prevent it or detect it at earlier, more treatable stages.”
“We urgently need better awareness of bowel cancer and higher bowel cancer screening rates. If we have to sing it from the rooftops, or in shopping malls, we obviously will!”
Senior Director for Queensland Health’s Cancer Screening Services Branch, Jennifer Muller said it was important to get more people talking about bowel cancer and the benefits of screening.
“In Queensland, we are seeing screening make a positive difference to people’s lives since the Program began six years ago,” she said.
People who are interested in bowel cancer screening but not eligible for the Government funded screening program because of their age, can access quality test kits through BowelScreen Australia®. The test kits are available in many community pharmacies around Australia.
Bowel Cancer Australia thanked the QUMS for volunteering their time to help raise awareness about bowel cancer.
“It might never top the charts but it’s great that an internationally recognised group such as QUMS get behind this critical health issue” Mr Wiggins said.