Red Apple Day to help highlight bowel cancer

Dietician and nutritionist Julie Meek.
Dietician and nutritionist Julie Meek.

LOCAL residents are urged to take stock of their health ahead of Red Apple Day on June 17, and to consider the steps they can take to reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and data from Bowel Cancer Australia (BCA) showed 37 per cent of residents in the City of Rockingham took part in the Federal Government’s National Bowel Screening Program, which was just below the State average of 37.8 per cent.

Radio 6PR has teamed up with Spudshed to host an apple stand at Spudshed Baldivis on June 17 to raise awareness of the disease and the work of BCA.

Red apples will be given away to customers and the stands will offer other information on the disease, which is Australia’s second leading cause of cancer deaths, totalling around 4000 deaths each year.

Dietician and nutritionist Julie Meek said the disease would touch many Australians and that BCA was trying to change the future.

“I was floored when my dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007,” she said.

“Thankfully, he survived his fight and that’s what this campaign is all about – helping people catch it early so they have the best chance of beating it.”

The disease affects men and women almost equally and a person’s risk increases sharply and progressively from the age of 50.

A family history of bowel cancer and a genetic predisposition are also contributing factors.