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In Australia about one in 19 men and one in 28 women will develop bowel cancer before the age of 751. Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death after lung cancer. This booklet tells you the main facts about bowel cancer, about a simple screening test, called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), that you can do at home and about follow-up tests used to look for changes in your bowel, including cancer. It also tells you about how you can reduce your risk of getting bowel cancer by completing the free screening test that you have been sent.
This fact sheet provides information on what is a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), who can have one, can anyone have a FOBT, where do I get it, what do my tests mean and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and where to get reliable information. Bowel cancer can develop without early warning signs or symptoms. The cancer can grow inside the bowel for many years before it is detected. Often, small amounts of blood can leak from these growths and pass into bowel motions.
This fact sheet provides information on issues after diagnosis with bowel cancer, including how is bowel cancer treated, what are the physical and emotional wellness issues, and where to get reliable information. After finding out you have bowel cancer, you may feel shocked, upset, anxious or confused. These are normal responses. A diagnosis of bowel cancer affects each person differently. For most it will be a difficult time, however some people manage to continue with their normal daily activities.
This DVD includes everything Aboriginal men and women need to know about bowel cancer prevention. It specifically provides Aboriginal men and women with information about bowel cancer, what it is, risk factors, reducing risk, the Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) and The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. It is designed for individuals, health professionals, and community groups.
Screening for bowel cancer is easy. A simple, at-home test every 2 years could save your life. If you’re 50 or over, speak to your health professional today. Poster
Specific information and brief statistics on bowel cancer, with information to help family and friends on topics: - Supporting loved ones with bowel cancer. - How to talk to children about bowel cancer. - How to approach depression and anxiety. - How to avoid bowel cancer. - Ways in which it is possible to support research to find better treatments for bowel cancer.
This two page instruction sheet explains how to collect the FOBT samples. If you have been invited to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and you require information about how to complete your FOBT Kit, please contact the FOBT Helpline on 1300 738 365 and you will be taken through the instructions step by step.
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