Before we get started on some of the options regarding testing for bowel cancer, it’s important to identify risk factors in order to help raise awareness – there are ways to prevent bowel cancer and if detected early enough 90 percent of bowel cancers can be cured!
Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, which is alarming considering it can be prevented and cured! If you’re an Australian aged 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 74, you can obtain a free Faecal Occult Blood Test, offered under the Australian Government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program – by 2020 it will be free for everyone aged 50 to 74, available every two years.
Risk factors associated with increased risk of developing bowel cancer:
- Increasing age
- History of bowel cancer or polyps
- Family history of either bowel cancer, adenoma or gynaecological cancer
- Diet with high fat content
- Over-weight or lack of exercise/activity
- High alcohol consumption
- History of inflammatory bowel disease
Investigative tests range from:
- Upper Endoscopy
- Capsule Endoscopy
- CT Abdomen
- Single or double-balloon enteroscopy
Clinics like Direct Endoscopy are dedicated to supporting you in any way they can, and you’ll find them at 3 locations in Victoria. Doctors referrals are easy to obtain, and the friendly staff at Direct Endoscopy welcome any questions you may have regarding their services and how they can help you.
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