Millions of people around the world will mobilise today (February 4th) to help make progress against the world’s most deadly disease, in recognition of World Cancer Day.
Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of (bowel) cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world.
Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world.
Next Monday is World Cancer Day and we’re calling on all Australians to join the global effort to raise (bowel) cancer awareness and encourage everyone around the world to take action!
A blood test which detects reliable biomarkers for early-stage diagnosis of bowel cancer is something Subroto B. Chatterjee, M.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., a professor of paediatrics and a specialist in vascular biology, believes would be welcome by patients and clinicians alike.
Screening using a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) can detect blood in a person's faeces that is invisible to the human eye, but a bowel cancer diagnosis still requires a colonoscopy to determine the cause of the bleeding.
Dr Chatterjee and his team at John Hopkins in the United States have discovered a protein which could serve as a marker for the early detection of bowel cancers, that could be detected via a blood test.
For around 30% of all bowel cancer cases diagnosed there is a family history, hereditary contribution or a combination of both.
It is a disease that affects men and women of all ages, and its impact is felt not just by those diagnosed with the disease, but also by their loved ones.
“If you’re going to have cancer, Australia is a wonderful place to live,” said Mark Williams, following Minister for Health Greg Hunt’s announcement this morning at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.
Beginning 1 December 2018, patients with metastatic bowel cancer (mCRC) will have another treatment option, with the subsidised listing of Lonsurf® (trifluridine with tipiracil) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Mr Williams, age 55, has been living with metastatic bowel cancer since 2017.
“I know we talk about ‘hope’, but I’m living proof that these treatments can do a good job,” said Mr Williams who recently began taking Lonsurf®.