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Kimberley urged to be vigilant in Bowel Cancer awareness

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The Cancer Council WA is urging adults in the Kimberley region to familiarise themselves with the telltale signs of bowel cancer, as alarming statistics reveal that 25 individuals are diagnosed with bowel cancer in Western Australia every week.

Kimberley regional educational officer Amy Walker revealed how common and devastating the disease has been in the region.

“Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, was the third most common cancer in men and women in Western Australia in 2019,” she said.

Highlighting the sobering reality, she noted that in the same year, nine individuals were diagnosed with bowel cancer in the Kimberley, with three succumbing to the disease.

Ms Walker stressed the importance of early detection, underscoring that individuals in regional Australia are at a higher risk of mortality within five years post-cancer diagnosis compared to their metropolitan counterparts.

“We urge anyone in the Kimberley experiencing a symptom to visit their doctor, clinic nurse, or Aboriginal health worker,” she said.

Recognising early symptoms can be pivotal in saving lives and preventing cancer from metastasising.

Common indicators include blood in stool, persistent abdominal pain or swelling, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, or changes in bowel habits.

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