23 South Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer every week. Tragically for eight of those people, the disease will claim their lives.
Screening helps to find early-stage bowel cancer when treatment has the best chance of success.
Up to 90% of bowel cancers can be treated effectively if found early.
Regular screening is important because you can have bowel cancer without any noticeable symptoms.
If you or someone you love is over 50 or if you have a family history, Cancer Council recommends doing a simple screening test every two years.
Is bowel screening that embarrassing? It's not worth dying for.
A Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) will look for tiny amounts of blood in bowel motions. Blood is usually caused by something less serious than cancer but it may be a sign of bowel cancer. This should always be investigated further by your doctor.
Bowel screening doesn't involve handling your bowel motions.
It's so easy to do - there's no mess or fuss involved - take a look at the short video below.