Cancer Council WA holds bowel cancer awareness event for Capel RSL, community members

Happy together: Capel Country Women's Association representatives Bev De Rusett, Judy Mayor, Toni Steinbrenner, and Win Savage. Photo: Supplied.
Happy together: Capel Country Women's Association representatives Bev De Rusett, Judy Mayor, Toni Steinbrenner, and Win Savage. Photo: Supplied.

Capel CWA and RSL members gathered last month to learn about how they can prevent bowel cancer.

The event, held at the Capel RSL sub-branch, saw Cancer Council WA South-West regional education officer Shenae Norris discuss the lifestyle changes that people can make.

"Increasing your physical activity and high fibre foods, such as wholegrains, fruits and vegetables, are all things that you can do to reduce your risk," she said.

"Reducing your consumption of red and processed meats, tobacco and alcohol will also help prevent bowel cancer."

Ms Norris also discussed the importance of participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, if eligible.

Only 45 per cent of eligible people living in the South-West have completed and returned their bowel cancer screening kits.

"Fortunately up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early enough, but people need to actually complete the screening kits in order to see these results," she said.

Capel CWA member Win Savage said the information was important for all members.

"Now we have the information on how to prevent cancer," she said.

Capel CWA member Toni Steinbrenner said that it was an informative and enjoyable event.

"Having everyone together was a valuable opportunity to learn and share," she said.

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