Every year, over 12,500 Australians are diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. While it mostly affects people 50 years and over, it can happen to anyone at any time. It’s a serious disease, but if caught early enough it can be cured. The key is regular screening and prevention – getting checked out regularly and implementing healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes to support a healthy bowel. While no cancer is completely preventable, it’s estimated that changing your diet and physical activity could help to reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by up to 75 per cent.
So what can you do to reduce your risk? Consuming a diet high in fibre, avoiding excessive amounts of red and processed meats, reducing your consumption of alcohol and participating in regular physical activity can all help to reduce your risk of developing cancers of the bowel. In addition, it’s important to be aware of your general bowel health and receive regular check-ups. If you notice any changes to your bowel habits, such as how often you need to go, pain when you go, or blood in your bowel movement, it may be a good idea to speak to your doctor.
Another way to keep an eye on your bowel health is to use Colovantage, the very first at-home bowel screening test. It is recommended everyone over the age of 50 be tested at least once every 2 years. With Colovantage, you simply take samples from two separate bowel motions using the patented brush and test card, then using the reply paid envelope, send the samples back to Colovantage for analysis within 14 days of taking the first sample. There is no faecal handling and no need to refrigerate your samples before sending back.
We believe that yearly home-testing, combined with regular physical activity and healthy high diet high in fibre is the best way to arm yourself in the fight against Bowel Cancer. So why not get your rear into gear and head into your nearest Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse for a Bowel Health Check today!