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Saving lives from cancer



Yamba Rotary members, (l-r) Alf Aston and president elect Vic Doe (with grandson Jack) manned Rotary’s Bowelscan table in Yamba Street last Friday.
Rotary Bowelscan stalls were conducted at locations in Grafton, Chatsworth Island, Iluka, Yamba and Maclean last week.
Mr Aston said the response had been less than that of recent years due to the federal government’s bowel screening campaign, which sends free kits to 50 to 74 year olds.
“Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia and around 80 Australians die from the disease every week,” the National Bowel Cancer Screening website states.
“If caught early, up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated.
“The risk of bowel cancer increases with age and if you’re over 50 your risk increases significantly.”
Mr Aston said he was “amazed” by how many people said using the kit had “saved their lives”. Image: Geoff Helisma