Don’t ignore screening test

By the end of 2021 an estimated 1,250 people in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District will be diagnosed and 370 people will have lost their life from bowel cancer according to new research.

According to the data from the Cancer Institute NSW this means that on average someone will die from bowel cancer in the MLHD every five days.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program sends a bowel cancer screening kit to all Australians 50 to 74 on a regular basis.

This kit, which can be done in a person’s home, can detect potential warning signs of bowel cancer at a very early stage, before symptoms develop.

“Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Murrumbidgee and the second most common cause of cancer deaths,” MLHD cancer services and innovation manager Angela Booth said.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is a free service. For more information and to check your eligibility, visit or call 1800 118 868.