June 25, 2020
Don’t be ashamed about stool tests to look for hidden blood in your goorna (Stool)
Did you know that, the stool screening test looking for hidden blood may detect many different conditions and help you to live well and longer?
As part of the National Indigenous Bowel Cancer Screening Program, clients aged between 50 and 74 years are eligible for this test to screen for bowel cancer.
If you have already received a stool screening kit, the test is painless and simple. All you need to do is collect two “goorna”(stool) samples at home and mail it directly back to the Bowel Screening program for them to test it. You will have all the materials and instructions in the kit.
If you have not received the stool screening kit, please call this number to ask for a free kit and updated your details with them: 1800 118 868
If your stool test comes back positive for blood, don’t worry, just have a follow up with your friendly doctors at SWAMS. They will usually organise another test called a colonoscopy to see where this blood is coming from. Most of the time it is still not anything dangerous, but we will need to do this further test just to make sure there is no bowel cancer. If your stool test comes back all clear, then usually we’ll repeat the stool tests every 2 years.
In fact, the good news is that, if found early 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated and even cured. So don’t miss this chance of the stool test for bowel cancer screening! It is a condition that usually shows very little warnings until it is very advanced.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the SWAMS clinic on (08) 9726 6000 to speak to one of our friendly clinic staff members.
Did you know:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are less likely to develop bowel cancer than other Australians, but have lower five year survival rates
- Diagnosis often occurs when the cancer is at a late stage. The participation rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NBCSP is considerably lower than that of other Australians (estimated at 23.5% compared to 40%)
- A 2014 study found that NBCSP invitees for 2006-2008 had 15% less risk of dying from bowel cancer than non-invitees, and cancer stage at diagnosis was on average less advanced.