Bowel cancer prevention programs
It has been estimated that changes in smoking habits, diet, alcohol consumption, overweight and obesity status and physical activity levels could reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by approximately 50 per cent.
Thanks to your support, Cancer Council SA is able to offer a range of activities to promote the prevention and early detection of bowel cancer. These include attending events and presenting to community groups and workplaces to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle to reduce bowel cancer risk.
We also encourage all people aged 50–74 years to complete a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) at home every two years, using the free test kit which is sent to them in the mail through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. We also develop media and social media campaigns, particularly during awareness weeks and months which further helps to spread the word to the wider community.
Thanks to your support, Cancer Council SA has been able to partner with SA Health, Country SA PHN and Adelaide PHN to develop a new, state-wide online campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the early detection of bowel cancer.
Up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers are treatable if detected and treated early, with the campaign encouraging eligible South Australians to complete a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) at home every two years, using the free test kit which is sent to them in the mail through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Thanks to your support, Cancer Council has been successful in lobbying the government to fund a nation-wide mass media campaign to encourage Australians to take advantage of the free bowel cancer screening test.
The campaign has already been successfully trialled in Victoria, and will have a significant impact on reducing bowel cancer incidence and mortality across the country. Through continued local support, funded by your generous donations, Cancer Council SA will be able to leverage off the program in South Australia and promote it further to regional and remote communities.
At least one third of cancer deaths in Australia are preventable, and while there are some cancer risk factors that we cannot control (such as age or family history), lifestyle has a big impact on cancer risk.
Through your support, Cancer Council SA is able to offer Cut Your Cancer Risk (CYCR) information sessions for workplaces, community, sporting and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups to help educate South Australians on how, through making healthy lifestyle changes, they can reduce their cancer risk.
CYCR presentations focus on prevention, cancer screening and modifiable lifestyle factors to reduce cancer risk. We also actively seek opportunities to raise awareness of cancer risk factors through media and social media campaigns, particularly during awareness weeks and months, to give all South Australians the best chance possible of a cancer free future.