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    I hear what you’re saying, Terry, and let’s hope they get on with it, although I admit to being a member of the ‘too little, too late’ brigade. It is interesting to note that, under the UK system: ‘Your screening programme will start within a few weeks of your 60th birthday (50 in Scotland), and be repeated automatically, every two years until your 75th birthday.’ [] In fact, much of the work of Beating Bowel Cancer acknowledges the need for clear and effective communication around bowel cancer screening, prevention and treatment — including communication which recognises that men and women respond to these things in different ways. Humour is used a lot — they are currently creating a Bowel Movement, and distribute little pin-on badges with a bare bottom in stripey underpants on the front of a ‘Know the symptoms of bowel cancer’ card). Yes, we need a more effective screening program, but we also need to increase the uptake rate, especially among men. What good, exactly, are Australia’s women’s and male health strategies if they are completely ignored in the development and roll-out of major health initiatives? Crucially, we also need to accompany this screening program with some strong, clear, and unequivocal messages across about prevention, in language that ordinary people understand.

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    Alison Peipers

    I think the passionate, ever-persistent, public health advocates deserve a cuddle too. Thanks for not giving up on this important cause.

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    bowel cancer australia

    More Australians with access to bowel cancer screening – good.
    Adding two age groups over three years to a program that was piloted 10yrs ago – average.
    Full implementation of the NBCSP by 2034 – catastrophe. (Yes, we are serious! Check the budget papers.)
    As we’ve consistently called for full implementation and not seeing that detail in the pre-budget sweetener, our response was measured. See
    Given full implementation will be 32 years since the NBCSP was piloted, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we high fived the Government for that result.

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    M Palin

    Terry and others might be interested in the new research presented at the Digestive Diseases Week conference today in San Diego about the work of Australian researchers in identifying new biomarkers for bowel cancer risk.



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