Sixty-four year old Kathryn, from rural South Australia, was surprised when she had three positive test results in a cancer screening trial because she had no signs or symptoms.
She says that if the Hahndorf Medical Clinic hadn’t promoted the Cancer Screening Checklist Trial she would never have had the Faecal Occult Blood Test and detected her potential risk of bowel cancer.
“I’m fortunate that the clinic invited me to participate in the trial. The early detection means I can find out exactly how my health may be affected and seek any necessary treatment,” said Kathryn.
Kathryn’s case highlights the importance of cancer screening as cancers can develop without any early warning signs. Bowel cancer can grow on the inside wall of the bowel for several years before spreading to other parts of the body.
Kathryn is now booked in to see a specialist and is hopeful about her future health.
Hahndorf and Mount Barker South Medical Clinics were invited to participate in the Cancer Screening Checklist Trial of screening for breast, cervical and bowel cancers for people aged 50 and over. The trial was funded by Country SA Primary Health Network and developed by the Cancer Council SA.
“We welcome the opportunity to participate in quality improvement activities like this trial. It will continue to be very useful for our patient’s long-term health,” said Engagement Manager Laura Mucci.
“The screening tool has enabled me to review the current screening status for breast, cervical and bowel cancers among my patients and, as a result of my recommendations, the number of patients having screening tests has increased,” said Dr Leng Hui Chin.
The feedback from patients has been positive say staff at the clinics.