MEN’S HEALTH WEEK – “check under the hood”

12 June 2014

MEN’S HEALTH WEEK – “check under the hood”

Cancer Council Tasmania is encouraging Tasmanian men over 50 to “check under the hood” and screen for bowel cancer for Men’s Health Week (June 11-17).

Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan said Men’s Health Week is all about celebrating the many and wonderful contributions men bring to our lives.

“Being pro-active in terms of health also allows men to ‘celebrate’ other aspects of their lives,” Mrs Egan said.

Currently, Tasmanian’s turning 50, 55, 60 and 65 receive a free bowel screen test in the mail as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

“Cancer Council Tasmania is extremely concerned that less than 4 out of every 10 eligible men are completing the test … despite the fact that bowel cancer is curable in around 90 per cent of cases if detected early,” Mrs Egan said.

“So we want Tasmanian men to take advantage of this free, simple and life-saving test. Men who take the test are good role models.”

Dr Scott McKeown, a leading Tasmanian GP, said “Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in Tasmanian men. Bowel screening is important for peace-of-mind, can prevent unnecessary health problems and therefore allow men to focus more energy on enjoying their lives.

“Regardless of whether you feel well, it is important to screen regularly once you turn 50. Early detection for bowel cancer saves lives.

“Any person concerned about bowel cancer because of their family history or symptoms should discuss this with their GP.”

Mrs Egan said Cancer Council research in Tasmania has found that although many men delay or avoid using the test, there is a common sense of relief after screening and avoiding unnecessary health problems.

Special Note: Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan, Cancer Control Director Dr Kathryn Terry and Dr Scott McKeown will be available for media interview.

Media contact: A.Mark Thomas, M&M Communications, 0422 006 732