Screening saving lives

Mr Porter encouraged women aged 50 to 74 who received invitations for a $55.7 million national breast cancer screening campaign to take up the offer.

�Having had my own mother fight and survive breast cancer in her 60s, I know firsthand that this is an invitation that could save lives,� he said.

�I encourage all women in Pearce aged between 50 and 74 to make a breast screening appointment.

�Unfortunately, breast cancer is still the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Australia, with one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

�If detected early, nine out of 10 cases can be successfully treated and that is why women of all ages should check their breasts regularly.�

Mr Porter said another $95.9 million campaign would send free bowel cancer screening kits to people aged 50 to 74 every two years by 2020.

The Yanchep resident said bowel cancer was the second most common cause of cancer deaths, with about 80 Australians dying each week, but only one-third of people completed the testing kits sent to them.

�I encourage everyone in Pearce to complete and return their bowel cancer screening kit when they receive it,� he said.

�The kit is simple and discreet to use in the privacy of your own home.

�Bowel cancer often has no symptoms and early detection saves lives.�

Mr Porter said previously people were only sent screening kits every five years between the ages of 50 and 65, with nothing sent to those aged 66 to 74.