30 August 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples encouraged to take free bowel cancer screening test

| Chisa Hasegawa
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John Paul Janke with white hair, a navy blue button down with pink and orange flowers, black pants and black boots. He is standing in front of a bowel cancer screening program outdoor stall setup, and is smiling at the camera holding a bowel cancer screening flyer.

John Paul Janke is encouraging fellow Indigenous Australians to participate in the free bowel cancer screening program.

Wuthathi and Meriam man John Paul Janke has encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 50-74 to stay healthy by taking a free bowel cancer screening test.

Nationally, only around one in three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are completing their bowel cancer screening tests as part of the national program.

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers impacting Indigenous Australians, but if detected early, almost all cases of bowel cancer are treatable.

“Bowel screening is something that is simple, free and easy to do. We need to encourage our brothers and sisters to participate, there’s absolutely no shame in looking after your health and wellbeing,” said John Paul.

He is passionate about increasing participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Government’s free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

“As a dad, I want to be around for my family for years to come, to see my boys grow up and become young men. The test is simple, free and easy, and the outcome is huge – it can save your life,” he said.

To find out more about the benefits of bowel cancer screening visit www.indigenousbowelscreen.com.au

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