New data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness (AIHW) today revealed on average, only 4-in-10 people (40.9%) who received a taxpayer-funded test from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in the mail used it during 2015-16.
Participation varied from as low as 28.5% in the Primary Health Network area of the Northern Territory to 49% in Gippsland, Victoria.
By comparison, participation in the national breast and cervical screening programs averaged around 55%, but participation in bowel cancer screening continues to lag.
A new report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has revealed bowel cancer cases in adolescents and young adults (15 - 24 years) have increased 186% in the past three decades.
Bowel cancer was also the most common cause of cancer death for those aged 25–29.
Bowel cancer and brain cancer were both responsible for the greatest number of cancer deaths for those aged 30–34, and breast cancer was the most common cause of cancer death for those aged 35–39.
In April 2016, things took a rather serious turn for comedian Adam McKenzie when a visit to the hospital resulted in a bowel cancer diagnosis and emergency surgery.
“It was a really busy time with work so I wasn’t really paying attention to a few symptoms that were probably there,” says Adam.
Adam’s father had previously been diagnosed with bowel cancer but he was in his 60s. “Obviously, I wasn’t expecting to be diagnosed with bowel cancer at 37.”
At age 40 life was quite normal, albeit very busy with a young family and a very time-consuming career.
Things changed for me one night when I experienced severe stomach pains after eating a chicken sandwich and immediately self-diagnosed myself with "food poisoning." The next morning I was severely sick and started to vomit.
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