A new campaign is underway to get more people taking bowel cancer tests.
A new campaign is underway to get more people taking bowel cancer tests.

Cancer Council wants more screening

THE Cancer Council is calling on Tweed residents to back a push to extend the Federal Government's bowel cancer screenings.

Get Behind Bowel Screening is an online campaign launched this week aimed at allowing all Australians over 50 access to the scheme.

The program is currently only funded for those aged 50, 55 and 65.

Corinne Martin, of the Cancer Council, said the figures were too big to ignore. “We know screening is one of the most effective ways of identifying bowel cancer,” she said. Tweed Heads South Rotary is handing out kits.

Rotarian David Hobbs said the government's wait was too long.

“The Rotary believes these sorts of tests should be available to anyone,” Mr Hobbs said.

“Allowing a five-year wait is too much. You could develop it a year after the first test and by the second it would be too late.”



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