MANY of us work in settings where we build or operate complex and clever machinery.
From cars and boats to lawnmowers and hospital equipment – and even the humble mobile phones we use every day.
“But not many of us stop to consider the complex machinery of our own bodies and the need for regular maintenance to ensure that problems can be prevented or found before they become an issue,” Population Screening and Cancer Prevention state manager Gail Ward said.
“It’s important that we also make the time to take care of our bodies with simple and regular checks and bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Tasmania.”
Australia-wide, 80 Australians die from bowel cancer every week.
To coincide with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in June, Population Screening partnered with Tasmanian workplaces to encourage their staff to be aware of bowel cancer prevention and screening.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program sends free bowel screening tests in the mail to all Tasmanians from age 50.
“This test can be done in the privacy of your own home and it’s easy to do,” Ms Ward said.
“Nine out of 10 cases of bowel cancer are treatable if diagnosed early.”
Among the local workplaces to take part was Incat, which launched a series of information sessions for executives and staff to promote bowel cancer screening and early detection to all workers.
For more information about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, phone the national information line on 1800 118 868.
Caption: Incat employees show off their new hi-vis vests alongside Gail Ward and Alyce Francis, from The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, and Kim Clifford, managing director of Incat Tasmania.