Lifestyle

Cancer screening saves lives

AROUND half of eligible Australians are failing to be screened for bowel, breast and cervical cancer.

Department of Health and Ageing statistics show that only 55 per cent of women are undergoing breast screens and just 57% are having tests for cervical cancer.

While only 40% of Australians taking part in the Bowel Cancer Screening kit program.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service acting executive director of medical services Dr Peter Gillies said this is despite researchers estimating 20-30 lives per week could be saved by a higher take-up rate throughout Queensland.

"Cancer screening is the best way of finding cancers early before they can be felt or seen.

A recent Breast Screen Victoria study of those who had never or only rarely had a screening found 78% thought it was worthwhile but simply kept putting it off.

BreastScreen Queensland Toowoomba Service health promotion officer Jessica Hobbs said one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life.

"Ninety per cent of women who develop breast cancer will in fact have no family history. It's a free service and it only takes ten minutes.

"Women who are screened for breast cancer have experienced a 25-35% decrease in mortality compared to those who are not screened," she said.

For more information visit the websites below or talk to their GP.

Topics:  bowel cancer, breast cancer, cancer, cancer screening, cervical cancer




Boy charged after alleged armed robbery attempt in Warwick

Police have charged a boy over the alleged incident on Thursday night.

Thirteen-year-old charged after armed robbery attempt in Warwick

Two motocross bikes allegedly stolen at major event

Queensland Police are assisting with inquiries

Two bikes allegedly stolen from motocross riding complex

Latest deals and offers

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles