Tagged: #screening test

24
Jun
2019

Of the 4.1 million people invited to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program between January 2016 and December 2017, only four in every ten took up the offer according to the latest AIHW report.

The rate was the same as for the previous rolling 2-year period (2015–2016) (41%) and is now hovering at the same rate it was in 2009, before dropping to just 36.1% in 2012.

Published in Latest News
19
May
2017
With just one week until Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (June 1 – 30), new data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveals a 1.6% increase in participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
 
Up from 37.3% in 2013-14, participation was marginally higher in 2014 - 2015 at 38.9%.
 
In real terms, that means only 4 out of every 10 people invited to participate in the tax-payer funded program actually do.
Published in Latest News
08
Jun
2016
In 2014 I received my first National Bowel Cancer Screening Program kit as I had turned 50. I put off doing the test for some time because I had none of the symptoms so thought I did not need to do it. My wife convinced me to do the test and thank goodness I did because shortly after sending it away I received the news that I had a positive result. It was a huge shock.
 
My GP then referred me to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. During the scope they found a cancerous polyp, so I was then referred to a surgeon and within a couple of weeks I was in hospital having the cancerous polyp removed.
 
The surgeon removed 40 cm of my bowel to successfully remove the cancerous polyp and lymph nodes for testing. The operation was a success and I did not need a stoma.
Published in Bowel Cancer Stories
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