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    Take advantage of free bowel cancer education sessions in your workplace
    26 April 2019

    Ahead of World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, Cancer Council SA has launched the Bowel Cancer Workplace Education Program. The initiative aims to provide workplaces with the opportunity to promote bowel cancer screening and prevention to their employees and volunteers.

    To book your session, either email prevention@cancersa.org.au or phone 08 8291 4189.

    What does the session involve? 

    The session is short and succinct, delivered by a trained educator, and designed to easily slot into a lunchbreak, your workplace’s next wellbeing day or staff meeting.  

    Content will include known risk factors of bowel cancer and how to cut your risk, and information about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program including how to take part. 

    After the session, employees will be asked to fill out a short survey to help measure success and improve the program in the future. 

    Why bowel cancer? 

    Bowel cancer is one of three cancers (bowel, breast and cervical) for which we have an established national screening program. 

    The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program sends a free, at-home bowel cancer screening test to those at highest risk (Australians aged 50–74) every two years. It’s a highly reliable way to catch bowel cancer in its early stages, when 90% of cases can be successfully treated. 

    But the problem is participation. 

    Only 46 per cent of those who receive a test actually complete it—and that means that far too many people are missing out on their chance to detect, treat, and ultimately survive beyond bowel cancer. 

    What’s more, approximately half of all bowel cancers could be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes, like eating well, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol. 

    Currently, bowel cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Australia, and claims more than 100 lives every week. 

    Only through community education initiatives like the Bowel Cancer Workplace Education Program can we ensure everyone understands that spending just 10 minutes doing the test could save their life. 

    Why Cancer Council SA? 

    Some providers charge for an information session and supporting materials. By contrast, Cancer Council SA’s Bowel Cancer Workplace Education Program is entirely free. 

    In addition to the 30-minute session, you’ll receive a suite of promotional resources including posters, brochures, infographics and newsletter snippets to help spread prevention and screening messages even further, and a follow-up employee survey to measure the success of the session. 

    Book your bowel cancer workplace education session either via emailing prevention@cancersa.org.au or by phoning 08 8291 4189.

    Further prevention programs 

    The Bowel Cancer Workplace Education Program is just one of several workplace education programs that Cancer Council SA provides. If you enjoy your session, you might like to consider also booking the following workplace sessions to further educate and protect your staff: 

    Cut Your Cancer Risk session (free for a 60-minute session for up to 30 people)
    SunSmart Outdoor Worker education session ($150 for a 60-minute session for up to 30 people)
     

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