Fight bowel cancer this February with FOBruary!

Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer has teamed up Bowel Cancer Australia for 'FOBruary' to raise awareness of bowel cancer and encourage more Australians to test for the disease.

What is FOBruary?

FOBruary calls on Australians aged 50 and over to have a FOB Test (Faecal Occult Blood Test) during the month of February to screen for bowel cancer – Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

Bowel cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable if detected early.

Screening involves a test for bowel cancer in people who do not have symptoms of the disease.  The aim is to find any polyps or cancer early when it is easier to treat than at advanced stages.

If you're 50 and over, you need to screen every 1 to 2 years…it could save your life.

If detected early, around 90 per cent of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully.  However, fewer than 40 per cent of bowel cancers are detected early.

What does the test involve?

There is an easy, non-invasive test that can be done in the privacy of your own home to help prevent or detect bowel cancer. A FOB Test is a screening tool used to detect blood in the stool (invisible to the naked eye), often released by polyps or bowel cancers.  The test is easy – you just dip the brush in the loo, dab the toilet water on the test card, drop the card in the post and you’re done!  It’s that simple.

FOB Tests can be purchased online here, by phone 1800 555 494 or from participating community pharmacies for a total cost of less than $40 which includes pathology testing.

Neither Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer or Bowel Cancer Australia benefit financially or otherwise from the sale of FOB Tests.

For more information please visit our dedicated campaign website www.dipdropdone.org

Download and share campaign posters at your workplace or community group here:

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