Making a Difference

MAY 2018 Bowelscan Program

    


Saving Lives and Creating Public Awareness 
 

A community service project of the Rotary Club of Manningham Inc. District 9810

As an Agent of the National Bowelscan Committee Inc,

What is Bowelscan?

Bowelscan is a public awareness program seeking to increase community knowledge of bowel cancer and its symptoms as well as the distribution of faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) kits, from 2016 in Victoria, to facilitate early diagnosis.

The aims of the Bowelscan program are to:
• enhance public awareness of the need for bowel cancer screening;
• promote and coordinate the Bowelscan program annually;
• emphasise the importance of bowel cancer screening for both men and women over the age of 40, EVERY YEAR.

Bowelscan is a not-for-profit initiative. The successful operation of Bowelscan, and its accessibility to a wide range of people, is made possible by the voluntary support of a large number of pharmacies, pathology laboratories, the media and Rotary members and family. We thank all involved for their contribution.

Bowelscan was developed by the Rotary Club of Lismore, NSW, in 1982 and it is now conducted by well over 300 Rotary Clubs across Australia.

These Clubs issue approximately 150,000 kits during their annual Colorectal Screening programs. Since Bowelscan commenced, it is estimated that more than 1,500 people with bowel cancer and 5,000 with polyps (possible precursors to cancer) have been detected.

The program is conducted as a cost neutral project to minimise the price of kits.  Once the public in a District area are fully aware of the need for bowel cancer screening to save lives now, any surplus funds are devoted to research projects. 

Please click on READ MORE for list of participating Suburban & Peninsula Pharmacies.


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