On a sad note, we were recently discussing a case where an adviser in the industry passed away after being diagnosed with Bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is dangerous. You can have no health issues whatsoever and then suddenly the dreaded disease can take control of the body. No one should have to go through this and we hope that one day a cure can be found.
There are benefits of early detection / screening rather than waiting to turn 50 years old or having family history that requires a colonoscopy / gastroscopy prior to age 50. It is suggested that these tests should be done every 3 to 5 years so one can be sure that all is fine or if something is detected it can be dealt with sooner rather than later.
Given Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, we think there should be more pro-activeness in the area. Each year 14,958 Australians are told they have bowel cancer every year. That’s 1 for every 13 people will be diagnosed.
Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer after lung cancer, claiming the lives of 4,162 people every year.
How does Bowel Cancer Develop?
The bowel is the long tube that absorbs water and nutrients from food and processes waste products into faeces as we know. It includes the small bowel, colon and rectum. As people get older albeit, younger people can be affected, little lumps called polyps may grow inside the colon or rectum, and can become cancerous. A polyp looks like small spots on the bowel lining or like cherries on stalks. Not all polyps become cancerous. If polyps are removed, the risk of bowel cancer is reduced but not guaranteed as polyps may grow back.
The development of bowel cancer generally takes many years. It usually begins in the lining of the colon or rectum. Often, very small amounts of blood, which may not be able to be seen, are leaked from these cancers long before any symptoms develop. This blood is then passed into the faeces.
If untreated, it spreads deeper into the wall of the bowel. From there, as we know with this dreaded disease it can spread into to lymph nodes in the area which later on the bowel cancer can metastasis to the liver or lungs.
Please help by encouraging your clients, referral partners, family and friend to become more pro-active and speak to their regular doctor about getting test done even if they are not 50 years of age. It would great to see less people being diagnosed with Bowel cancer every year due to having regular screening. It’s also a good reason to speak to your clients about Trauma insurance also as we know the benefits only to well of having such cover in place along with other cover of course.
As always, we hope you find this information of use and remember; educating is creating so please keep educating your clients, potential clients as much as you can.
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