As per latest reports, it has been revealed that National Bowel Cancer Screening program is not able to attract Australians to get free screening done. Till now, only 800,000 Australians have appeared for the screening program while there are 2.1 million chosen participants.
A multi- million dollar investment of Federal Government project seems to be going in vain, said Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). It’s been two years now, but only 385 of the chosen participants have appeared for the screening test.
It is not a hidden truth that screening improves survival chances, but then also it has been noticed that people do not turn in great number when free screening programmes are organized. AIHW Spokeswoman Christine Sturrock said that of the total number, who appeared for the tests, 71% were recommended to have a colonoscopy done.
One of the biggest achievements of screening program is that 80% of bowel cancer detected in initial stages was removed in the early stages. Chris said the main motive of the screening program is to find out bowel cancers as well as diagnose any other pre-cancerous stages.
Chris said that they need to work hard to reach out to people, who have been living in low-socio economic groups as well as those who are from non- English speaking background.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the country. It generally happens because people do not take timely precautions. Chris said, "Bowel cancer is one of the easiest cancers to treat if found early, yet it is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer because not enough cases are detected at early-stage”.
If pre-cancer symptoms have not been detected during the screening program, then 40% people would have had lost their lives till now, said Chris.
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