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Communities encouraged to stay healthy and strong

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Gubbi Gubbi man, Doctor Joel Wenitong is encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 50 - 74 across New South Wales to stay healthy and strong by doing a free bowel cancer screening test.

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer and one of the most common cancers impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, however if detected early, almost all bowel cancers are treatable. Nationally, around 1 in 3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (31.3%) are completing their bowel cancer screening tests as part of the national program.

"Screening for bowel cancer is simple, private and free," says Dr Wenitong. 

“A bowel cancer screening test is a test we use to help us look for blood in the poo. When you get blood in the poo it means that there could be a pre-cancer, more commonly called a polyp. And that allows us to do something about it before it becomes a cancer.

"Doing your screening test every 2 years can help you stay strong and healthy, for yourself and your family. For more information have a yarn to your health professional or visit indigenousbowelscreen.com.au." 

Doctor Wenitong is part of a national campaign alongside Waanyi Gaangalida and Erub man Trevor Tim (in images), to raise awareness of the importance of bowel screening and increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Government's free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. 

All eligible Australian's aged 50 – 74 will receive the free bowel cancer screening test in the mail every two years or through their healthcare professional. The test is clean and easy to do. Replacement kits can be ordered through GPs, health clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services, or by calling the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701.

To find out more about the benefits of bowel cancer screening or to download campaign and stakeholder resources visit www.indigenousbowelscreen.com.au 

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