Rotary Bowelscan – Tasmania  2016 

Rotary Bowelscan is the initiative of over 300 Rotary Clubs across Australia, working to reduce the number of lives lost to bowel cancer.

Bowelscan kits are affordable, easy to use and include pathology testing by accredited pathologists. All proceeds from the kits are put back into the programme to allow it to continue to provide this valuable community service.

Rotary-branded kits (supplied by Clinical Genomics) were available from pharmacies throughout Tasmania for  $15  during May 2016.

Bowelscan is a Rotary Community awareness program developed in 1982 in New South Wales and now conducted by over 250 Rotary Clubs across Australia.

The programme runs during one month every year to raise the awareness of the risks of bowel cancer and to encourage Australians most at risk (those aged over 40) to take the annual test.

With the support of hundreds of pharmacies throughout Australia, the programme distributes Bowelscan testing kits to local communities, giving people the opportunity to test themselves early and regularly enough to have a fighting chance at survival.

These Clubs issued approximately 150,000 kits during their annual Colorectal Screening programs each year  Since Bowelscan commenced, it is estimated that more than 1,000 people with bowel cancer and 5,000 with polyps have been detected.

 

Cancer of the bowel is the most common internal cancer to affect men and women in western society. Over 9,000 Australians will be diagnosed as having bowel cancer this year and over 4,500 will die of the disease.

Any queries call  Tasmanian  co-ordinator John McDonald 0419 323 181 or email: john8mcdonald@gmail.com;

 

 

Updated  August 2016